Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?

Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?
Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?

The RBA cut the official cash rate to a historic low 1.25% in its June meeting, the first time it's cut the rate in nearly three years.

A number of lenders followed suit, cutting their rates, some within the hour, after the announcement.

The first to cut was Athena, a small Sydney-based non-bank lender who only entered the market this year. They cut their rates by the full 25 basis points within 15 minutes of the RBA decision.

The online lender announced a new headline variable rate for owner-occupiers at 3.34 percent.

The first big four bank to cut was the ANZ, just nine minutes after the RBA's announcement, however they've been outed by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg because they only cut 18 basis points, as opposed to the 25 basis points the RBA cut by.

“I think the ANZ has let down its customers,” Frydenberg said.

“This is deeply disappointing from the ANZ.

"We heard from Commissioner Hayne just months ago that the banks were putting profits before people. Actions like this don't give the Australian people any comfort that the banks have changed their behaviour”

ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott said it was unfair to keep cutting depositor rates and penalising people who rely on interest income.

Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?
The banks rate moves since January 2018. Source: DFA

The other big four banks weren't all going to follow suit.

Commonwealth Bank were next, announcing their 25 basis point cut at around 3.30pm. 

Effective from June 25, CBA's standard variable rate will drop by 0.25%.

Angus Sullivan, group executive retail banking services, said “we have carefully considered the RBA rate decision and the current funding environment, together with how we continue to meet our regulatory commitments, capital requirements, and community expectations."

NAB joined CBA with a full 25 basis point cut for their standard variable rate which will be the lowest rate they have offered in four decades.

Mike Baird, chief customer officer of consumer banking, said “we strongly believe reducing rates is the right thing to do by our customers and reflects our focus on earning trust in the community and rewarding our loyal existing customers."

Westpac were the last to cut, only passing on a 20 basis point cut.

There will be higher rate cuts for its investor only borrowers who will be a 35 basis point cut.

David Lindberg at Westpac said the bank took many factors into account in making the decision.

“We are operating in a historically low interest rate environment, which creates the opportunity for home-owners to get ahead on their repayments,” he said.

“It is also a good time for first home buyers to get onto the property ladder with some of the lowest rates in the history of the Australian mortgage market available.”

The quick moves from the big four is in stark contrast to when the RBA last cut the cash rate in August 2016.

Only three of the big four banks passed on the full cut last time around, and waited up to 20 days to do so.

Graham Cooke, insights manager at home loan comparison site Finder.com.au, said if your bank doesn't cut, then you should look elsewhere.

“If you don’t get the full rate cut, vote with your feet," Cooke said.

“A lower cash rate will spur even further competition within the market so it is the perfect time to weigh up your options as you have the bargaining power.

"The best value home loan rates right now start with a ‘3’,” he said. 

Finder's research shows the average variable rate across all lenders is 4.91%. If lenders cut the full 25 basis points, mortgage holders could save $1,812 a year on a $1 million loan.

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Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?

Other lenders who have either cut or have announced they will be cutting their home loan rates.

Who cut their interest rates following the RBA's move?


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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