Interest Rate Reductions – On Tuesday 3rd November, the Reserve Bank of Australia announced a reduction to the Australian cash rate of 0.15% bringing the new cash rate to a record low of 0.10%.

Philip Lowe, Governor of the RBA said “the Board decided on a package of further measures to support job creation and the recovery of the Australian economy from the pandemic”. Dr Lowe said the cash rate was very unlikely to drop below zero because it would not help stimulate spending. The rate is expected to remain at 0.10%  and the RBA confirmed they will not increase the cash rate until inflation is sustainably within the 2% – 3% target range which they anticipate will take at least three years.

RBA recommends home owners shop around for better rates

After the announcement on Tuesday, Lowe told homeowners to shop around if their bank doesn’t follow through with interest rate reductions. “The best outcome would be for standard variable rates to be lowered but if that doesn’t occur, I’m confident there will be pass-through occurring through people renegotiating and switching,” Mr Lowe said. “I encourage everybody to go to their bank and ask for a better deal, If they don’t give it to you, switch to a bank that will.”

What is the cash rate?

The Australian cash rate is the benchmark interest rate that financial institutions pay to borrow funds which are then passed onto their customers. The cash rate influences other interest rates in the economy, affecting the behaviour of borrowers and lenders, economic activity and ultimately the rate of inflation.

Australian housing market

This rate reduction comes as Australian housing values move into recovery mode for the first month since the pandemic began. Following five months of consistent declines in residential property values, CoreLogic’s national home value index moved back into positive month-on-month growth through October, posting a 0.4% rise. The lift in home values was broad based, with every capital city apart from Melbourne posting a rise in values over the month.

See which lenders have passed on interest rate reductions

Below is a list of Lenders that we work with and their home loan interest rate changes in response to the cash rate reduction. We will highlight in blue those lenders who are passing on the full 0.15% reduction to their variable rate home loans & will keep this list updated as each Lender responds to the November rate cut.

Lender Applies to Variable Rate Reduction
RBA Cash Rate Cut   0.15%
Adelaide Bank No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
AMP No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
ANZ No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Auswide No change to existing variable rates – only reducing new loan variable rates and fixed rates 0.00%
Bankfirst Selected variable and fixed rates 0.05%
Bankwest No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Bluestone   tbc
Citibank No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Commonwealth Bank No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Firefighters Mutual No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Firstmac   tbc
Health Professionals No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Heritage Bank No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
ING No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
La Trobe   tbc
Liberty Financial   tbc
Macquarie No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
ME Bank Variable rate home loans 0.15%
My State Variable and fixed rate home loans 0.20%
NAB No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Newcastle  Permanent No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Peoples Choice No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Pepper Money   tbc
Plan Lending No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates0.00% tbc
Rams No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Resimac No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
St George No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Suncorp No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Teachers Mutual No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Uni Bank No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
Virgin Money No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%
VMG   tbc
Westpac No change to variable rates – only reducing fixed rates 0.00%

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Interest Rate reductions November

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