NAB subsidiary UBank slashes savings account interest rates

author-avatar By on June 28,2019
NAB subsidiary UBank slashes savings account interest rates

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Another savings account immortalised by the Barefoot Investor, UBank’s USaver with Ultra account, has had its interest rate cut following the reduction to the cash rate earlier in June.

Previously boasting one of the five highest savings account rates on the market at 2.87%, UBank has cut interest rates for savers by 27 basis points, taking the maximum interest rate on the ‘USaver with Ultra’ account to 2.60% p.a.

The National Australia Bank-owned institution lowered the base rate on its ‘USaver’ and ‘USaver with Ultra’ accounts from 1.81% p.a. to 1.54% p.a.

This is a larger rate cut than the 25 basis points passed on to UBank’s variable home loan customers, which became effective today.

The bonus interest rate on the ‘USaver with Ultra’ account remains unchanged at 1.06% – to earn this extra rate, customers need to hold a linked ‘Ultra’ transaction account and deposit at least $200 a month (e.g. their salary) into either the transaction account or savings account.

UBank follows other banks cutting savings account rates over the past few weeks, including ING, which lowered the total interest rate on its popular ING Savings Maximiser product by 25 basis points to 2.55%.

Each of the big four have also reduced savings account rates by 20-25 basis points.

A number of UBank customers have taken to Twitter and Reddit to complain that UBank did not adequately inform them about the changes, which were effective yesterday.

However, UBank did make an announcement of the changes in the notices section of The Australian (print version only).

In a statement, a company spokesperson said UBank is proud to still offer some of the most competitive rates in the market.

“Despite this change, our savings account and term deposit offering remains highly competitive and we encourage our customers to get in touch with us to discuss their needs,” the spokesperson said.

“Our recent decrease to our home loan variable rate by 25 basis points is also effective, June 28.”

How much of a difference does 27 basis points make?

On a starting balance of $10,000, with monthly deposits of $1,000, the former rate of 2.87% would have earned UBank customers approximately $450 in interest over one year.

But at the reduced interest rate of 2.60%, this interest figure is closer to $400.

High-interest savings account rates

Total interest
rate p.a.
Base interest
rate p.a.
Bonus interest
rate p.a.
2.25% 2.25% 0.00% More details
2.25% 0.40% 1.85% More details
2.25% 0.50% 1.75% More details
2.15% 0.35% 1.80% More details
2.10% 1.04% 1.06% More details

*Data accurate as at 7 February 2020. Rates based on a savings balance of $10,000. Introductory bonus interest rate products not included. Sorted by total interest rates. Refer to providers' websites for bonus rate conditions.

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William Jolly joined as a Financial Journalist in 2018, after spending two years at financial research firm Canstar. In William's articles, you're likely to find complex financial topics and products broken down into everyday language. He is deeply passionate about improving the financial literacy of Australians and providing them with resources on how to save money in their everyday lives.

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