New and existing customers are eligible for the Target Saver 5.50% p.a. savings account rate with no maximum deposit limit.
Balances over $5 million will be subject to acceptance at the bank’s discretion.
The Target Saver rate applies across the entire Teachers Mutual Bank (TMBL) group including UniBank, Firefighters Mutual, Health Professionals, and Hiver.
To join Teachers Mutual Bank, consumers must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are current or retired employees in the education sector, or are family members of members of the bank.
However as the rate applies across the group, other professionals may also apply. For example, UniBank's membership is open to anyone who has a degree from an Australian university.
Teachers Mutual Bank 5.50% p.a. Target Saver eligibility criteria
To attain the full rate, customers must:
- Deposit a minimum of $1,000 each month
- Make no withdrawals each month
- Keep a positive balance in your account at all times
Should savers fail to meet the above criteria in any given month, the base rate of 0.01% applies.
There are $0 monthly, overdraw, or electronic transfer fees.
Savings account ladder
Following Teachers Mutual Bank’s decision to hike its Target Saver rate to 5.50%, they now compete in the savings sphere with the likes of:
|Bank||Top rate per annum|
|ME Bank - HomeME||5.65%|
|Macquarie Bank||5.55% (only for first four months)|
|ING - Savings Maximiser||5.50%|
|RaboBank||5.50% (only for first four months)|
|BOQ - Future Saver||5.50% (only available for those aged 14-35)|
|Move Bank - Growth Saver||5.50%|
Read More: Which banks offer savings accounts above 5%?
Is the end of high savings account rates near?
According to some major economists, the cash rate may have peaked at 4.10%.
If these predictions are accurate - the curtains have come to a close - savings accounts are likely to remain where they are until the RBA hints at either an increase or a cut in rates.
When the cash rate is lowered, interest rates tend to follow as financial institutions pass on these cuts to consumers.
CommBank Senior Economist Belinda Allen believes the RBA will not hike the cash rate again in this cycle.
“Looking further ahead, our base case sees the RBA commence an easing cycle in the first quarter of 2024, with the 18‑19 March meeting our favoured meeting under the new schedule,” Ms Allen said.
“Overall we are looking for 100 basis points of policy easing by end‑2024 that would take the cash rate to 3.10%.”
Need somewhere to store cash and earn interest? The table below features savings accounts with some of the highest interest rates on the market.
Savings Maximiser (<$100k)
Savings Maximiser (<$100k)
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