Photo source: ANZ
Photo source: ANZ
The lack of a cash rate cut in August hasn’t stopped some of Australia’s largest banks from lowering term deposit rates, with each of the big four slashing rates for fixed-rate savers.
- ANZ has dropped term deposit rates by as much as 25 basis points
- Commonwealth Bank has lowered (and also raised) various term deposit interest rates by up to 45 basis points
- NAB has decreased term deposit rates by as much as 10 basis points
- Westpac Group has cut term deposit rates by up to 20 basis points: this includes related companies St. George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne’s
Data released from the Reserve Bank earlier in August showed the average term deposit rate from the big four banks (plus Macquarie) in July fell to a new record low of 1.50% p.a.
In June it was higher at 1.60% p.a., but this figure should fall even lower next month when the data is released showing the effect of July’s RBA rate cut.
At the moment, some of the highest term deposit rates available from the big four are now well-below 2.00% p.a.
Who else has cut interest rates?
Interest rates on savings accounts have remained stagnant so far in August after a slew of rate cuts last month, but the same can’t be said for term deposits, with several dozen banks lowering their term deposit rates this month.
The size of these changes varies significantly, ranging from as little as one or two basis points to as many as 64 basis points (Gateway Bank) from smaller institutions.
The key changes Savings.com.au has found include the following:
- Macquarie Bank decreased term deposit rates by 15 basis points
- ME decreased term deposit rates by up to 20 basis points
- UBank decreased term deposit rates by up to 10 basis points
- Suncorp decreased term deposit rates by up to 15 basis points
- AMP decreases term deposit rates by up to 10 basis points
- Bank of Sydney decreased term deposit rates by up to 10 basis points
- Newcastle Permanent decreased term deposit rates by up to 25 basis points
- Bankwest decreased term deposit rates by up to 20 basis points
- CUA decreased term deposit rates by up to 25 basis points
After factoring in many of the term deposit rate cuts this month, the average interest rate across all terms and the majority of banks sits at just over 1.70% p.a.
The table below shows some of the highest one-year term deposit rates as of today.
High one-year term deposit rates
In terms of future rate changes, numerous well-regarded economists, including those from big four banks like Westpac, predict at least two cuts to the cash rate in the coming months.
The exact timing of the cuts varies depending on who’s being asked, but Westpac’s Bill Evans predicts 25 basis point cuts in October 2019 and February 2020.
If he’s correct, this would take the cash rate down to 0.50%, and term deposit rates could soon follow.
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