Commonwealth Bank cuts fixed rates by more than cash rate cut

The Commonwealth Bank trimmed 30 basis points from its one-year fixed (down to 5.39%) and its four- and five-year fixed-rate loans (down to 5.69%) effective today and available to new customers, or customers looking to switch from variable to fixed-rate home loans.

The bank's benchmark three-year fixed rate and its two-year fixed rate was trimmed by 20 basis points to 5.39%.

Clive van Horen, general manager for home loans at the Commonwealth Bank, reminded borrowers that the major benefit of a fixed-rate home loan is that it "provides customers with more certainty, allowing them to lock in a great, low rate".

The bank passed on only 20 basis points of the RBA's 25-basis-point October rate cut with the reduced standard variable rate of 6.6% only taking effect today – 10 days after the RBA decision.

It said it had to balance the "needs of 1.8 million home loan borrowers with those of its 11 million depositors and its shareholders, who include 800,000 Australians who own its shares directly, and millions more Australians who own shares through pension funds".

Larry Schlesinger

Larry Schlesinger

Larry Schlesinger was a property writer at Property Observer

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