Why the banks probably won't pass on the next full RBA cut: RateCity

Why the banks probably won't pass on the next full RBA cut: RateCity
Why the banks probably won't pass on the next full RBA cut: RateCity

The RBA could cut the cash rate again as early as Tuesday however it’s unlikely the big four banks will pass it on in full, according to comparison site RateCity.com.au.

RateCity.com.au drew comparison to when the RBA cut the cash rate in May 2016, the big banks, with the exception of ANZ, passed on the full 0.25 per cent to their variable rate customers.

However, when the RBA cut again just three months later, not one of the big banks passed it on in full.

Why the banks probably won't pass on the next full RBA cut: RateCity

 

RateCity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said the big banks are increasingly finding themselves in a rock and a hard place.

“The RBA is now ready and willing to cut the cash rate. They’ve also made it very clear the banks should pass on these cuts to their variable home loan customers." 

“But the closer the cash rate gets to zero, the more banks will start feeling wedged." 

“Wholesale funding costs might have come down, but banks are trying to juggle deposit rates, lending rates, business costs and profit margins in what is an incredibly sluggish credit market."

“What’s been really interesting is that while hundreds of thousands of existing mortgage holders missed out on a full cut last month, competition for new business is actually intensifying."

“Last month we saw the lowest rate on the market for new customers fall from 3.44 per cent to 3.09 per cent – a drop of 0.35 per cent, 0.10 per cent more than what the RBA delivered."

Why the banks probably won't pass on the next full RBA cut: RateCity 

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