Macquarie slashes interest-only home loan rates for investors

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Macquarie slashes interest-only home loan rates for investors

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Macquarie Bank has slashed a wide range of interest-only investor home loans by up to 55 basis points.

On Tuesday, Macquarie enacted a wide range of interest rate cuts, including:

  • Basic Fixed Investment 1 Year IO: 55 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.30% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Investment 2 Years IO: 55 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.26% p.a. comparison rate*)

These rates are for borrowers with a maximum LVR of 80%.

A number of other loan types were cut by between 10 and 55 basis points, including investment loans with offset accounts attached.

"Now more than ever people are looking for certainty around their budgeting and expenses, especially when it comes to home loans," a Macquarie spokesperson said.

Buying an investment property or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for investors.

Yesterday, the prudential regulator (APRA) released details into the value and number of home loans deferred in Australia as of July.

In a breakdown of risk profiles as a proportion of total loan deferrals, more than one in five of Macquarie's interest-only loans were deferred, tied first with Westpac and Bendigo Bank.

However, Macquarie did have the lowest number of 90%+ LVR loans in deferral out of the 20 largest banks, at just 3% of loans deferred.

Westpac's credit strategy team said there were "few surprises" in the APRA data.

"Key banks either reported or provided 3Q updates in August that reflected the July data and that will miss any further Victorian downside. August and September will prove more interesting," they said.

In total, about one in ten of Macquarie's loans were deferred, which is in-line with the wider market.

Is there a cliff coming?

A large portion of loans in Australia are funded by residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), which are explained in further detail here.

The amount of loans deferred can impact wholesale funding as investors adjust their appetite for risk.

Yesterday, credit ratings agency Moody's said it expects 'delinquencies' to rise in the coming months - that is loan pools that are in arrears by more than 30 days.

"Australian RMBS delinquency rates will increase for the remainder of 2020 because of the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak," the Moody's report said.

"Government relief measures, monetary policy easing and lender loan payment deferrals also supported borrowers over the June quarter, which contributed to lower prime RMBS delinquencies."

However, Moody's did point to a potential cliff should borrowers not start to repay their loans once deferrals end.

"As government and lender support measures expire in coming months, we expect delinquency rates to increase," its report said.

"Some borrowers on loan payment deferrals will not be able to resume full loan payments once deferral periods end.

"Deferred loans do not count as delinquent, but will do so if borrowers do not resume repayments at the end of deferral periods."

Non-banks have fewer loans in deferral

Yesterday, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) released data into where most of the COVID-19 relief is coming from in the mortgage securities space.

In the 'prime' RMBS sector in July, it was revealed that, on average, 7.1% of major banks' securities had some form of deferral or relief in the underlying pool of mortgages.

This was as opposed to non-banks, which had 6.2% of theirs receiving some form of relief, while regional banks had 10.4% on average, representing an uptick from 8.3% in April. 

By state, Western Australia had the highest rate of delinquencies at 2.61%, followed by the Northern Territory at 2.59%.

Low-doc loans had an uptick in arrears to 6.52%, while 90-day-plus delinquencies rose to 4.38% - APRA data revealed 17% of all small business loans were deferred in July, amounting to $55 billion.


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is a journalist with more than four years of experience, with previous stints at News Corp and financial comparison site Canstar. With a keen interest in personal finance, Harrison is passionate about helping consumers make more informed financial decisions.

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