October savings: Spring into action or face interest cuts

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on your savings account interest rate over the last six months, it’ll come as no surprise that rate cuts continued in September.

Mozo’s data team saw 65 interest rate reductions last month, which brought the average ongoing rate down 3 basis points (bp) from last month to 0.61%.*

Big 4 cuts alongside rate-leaders 

Larger financial institutions and accounts that formerly led the savings pack didn’t buck this trend, with three of the four major banks (NAB, Westpac and CommBank) reducing rates across multiple savings products.

Australian Unity’s Active Saver account had a brief moment in the leader sun with an interest rate of 1.75%, before plummeting 25bp. ING also cut its solid Savings Maximiser down to 1.50%, and Volt’s competitive unconditional rate fell from 1.65% to 1.45%.

Besides the young savers still cheering for Westpac Life (which offers a conditional rate of 3.00% exclusively to people aged 18-29), the magic interest rate number is 1.60%. Right now this is the highest ongoing savings rate in Mozo’s database, and it’s a three-way tie between digital players UBank, Up and 86 400.

Your savings in 2020: Death by a thousand rate cuts.

Are term deposits your go-to for the tailend of 2020? 

Term deposits didn’t receive a whole lot of love last month either, according to our monthly snapshot. However, it could pay to investigate this longer-term option if you’re after a little consistency in these uncertain times.

While the average rate for term deposits is an unremarkable 0.84%, you can lock in a better deal – as high as 1.55% if you squirrel away your funds with Judo Bank for three years.*

Considering rumblings about the Reserve Bank of Australia potentially cutting the cash rate further in October, a fixed rate like this might be preferable for many Aussies saving for the future.

Are you sticking with your savings account? Scour the options below to ensure you’re getting the absolute best rate and conditions.

Compare savings accounts in October - last updated 8 December 2023

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    5.25% p.a. (for $0 to $1,000,000)

    0% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 5.25% for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months, reverting to 3.25%. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals.

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    5.50% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    4.75% p.a.(for $0 to $1,000,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus variable rate is available for the first four months.

    Competitive introductory variable rate for first 4 months (on deposits up to $250,000). No account keeping fees to pay. Multiple 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

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    5.25% p.a. (for $0 to $100,000)

    0.30% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Earn a high interest bonus rate if you hold an eligible transaction account and meet the bonus rate conditions (T&Cs apply). Only requires $1 to open. Free e-banking transactions. No monthly service fees to pay. Access your account via e-banking or the Bendigo Bank app. Not applicable to business customers.

  • High Interest Save Account

    5.10% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Deposit at least $200 to either Spend or Save account from an external source each month.

    No monthly fees on any of your save accounts. Split your money with up to 10 Save accounts. Set savings targets and track the progress of all your Save accounts. Deposits guaranteed up to $250K per customer.

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    High Interest Savings Account

    5.75% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)

    4.40% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Reward yourself with a higher rate for your good savings habits with the Rabobank High Interest Savings Account . Receive the maximum rate when you grow your balance by at least $200 each month. No Account keeping fees. No minimum balance.


*Correct at the time of publication (1 October, 2020).

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