CBA first to cut rates after emergency RBA cut

CBA first to cut rates after emergency RBA cut
CBA first to cut rates after emergency RBA cut

Commonwealth Bank are the first of the big four to cut interest rates following the emergency rate cut by the RBA.

They are now offering fixed rates at 2.29 per cent, their lowest rates in their history. They've cut 70 basis points off their one, two and three year fixed home loans to make them the lowest on the market.

They haven't cut variable rates.

CBA, who passed on the cut minutes after the RBA's announcement, still haven't passed on their full rate cut to variable home loan customers from the early March RBA cut, which is scheduled for March 24.

"These are unprecedented times, and they call for unprecedented measures," Commonwealth Bank chief executive Matt Comyn said.

Sally Tindall, research director at, said CBA's decision will frustrate its variable home loan customers.

She added however that it is a win for small business borrowers who are struggling to make ends meet and keep their businesses afloat.

“This move from CBA is designed to put money back into the pockets of small businesses, but its existing home loan customers have all missed out,” Tindall said.

“CBA has cut some of its fixed rates to a new market low of 2.29 per cent, but this is little comfort to customers wanting to stay on a variable rate loan.

“Banks are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to passing on rate cuts to their mortgage holders, particularly as many savings rates are already so close to zero," Tindall noted.

The RBA cut rates to a historic low 0.25 per cent earlier today.

They announced a money printing program for the first time in history.

It will buy government bonds as its first ever quantitative easing.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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