ME to increase interest rates by 0.20% across variable home loan portfolio

ME to increase interest rates by 0.20% across variable home loan portfolio
ME to increase interest rates by 0.20% across variable home loan portfolio

Industry super fund-owned bank ME will increase interest rates by 0.20% across its variable home loan portfolio, with changes coming into play 20 November 2015.

ME will also increase its Online Savings Account variable interest rate by 0.45% to 3.55% p.a. from 28 October, which includes a 1.55% p.a. variable bonus rate to eligible customers.

ME chief executive officer Jamie McPhee, said the Bank had moved rates to provide a balance between offering competitive home loan rates to customers on the one hand, and delivering acceptable rates of return for its industry super fund shareholders and their members on the other.

“Up until the Financial System Inquiry recently addressed the unfair capital advantages of the larger banks, smaller banks like ME have been achieving below-market shareholder returns in order to remain competitive with the majors," he said.

“The rate increase we have announced today puts us on a path where we can continue to grow the Bank while offering some of the best home loan rates available for working Australians."

According to the bank revenue and cost pressures increased over the last 12 months due to regulatory changes around liquidity, greater economic uncertainty, and stronger competition in the owner occupied market.

 

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford

Michael is the real estate reporter for western Sydney and loves writing about homes and the people who live in them. A former production editor and news journalist, he enjoys writing about real-world property purchases as well as aspirational buys and builds. Following a recent move from Sydney’s northern beaches, Michael now actually enjoys commuting.

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