RBA makes surprise rate cut to 0.10% in October DO NOT PUBLISH THIS PAGE

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RBA makes surprise rate cut to 0.10% in October  DO NOT PUBLISH THIS PAGE

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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut the cash rate to 0.10% in its board meeting today just hours before the Federal Budget is released.

The move has come as a bit of a surprise, but wasn't completely unexpected. 

Westpac and NAB had been forecasting an October rate cut, before Westpac backflipped and revised its forecast of a rate cut for November to give the Federal Government time to sell its Budget.

A Bloomberg poll also revealed only 4 out of 24 economists surveyed thought there would be a rate change in October.

But that hasn't stopped the RBA from pulling the trigger and cutting the official cash rate to 0.10% in its board meeting today, just hours ahead of tonights Federal Budget at 7:30pm (AEDT). 

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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 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, 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.
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*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at Savings.com.au which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.

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