NAB and CBA fail to pass on full rate cut

NAB and CBA fail to pass on full rate cut
Joel RobinsonDecember 7, 2020

Following the RBA cutting the official interest rates to a record low 0.75 per cent, NAB and CBA are the only two of the big four to cut their home loan rates.

They've both heeded pleas from the Prime Minister and have failed to pass on the full 25 basis point cut.

Mozo have calculated the big banks failing to hold back some of the RBA's rate cuts has seen them pocket a $4.7 billion windfall since 2016.

Commonwealth Bank were the first to cut their rates, by just 13 basis points, just over half of the RBA's cut. They are set to make an annual windfall of $334 million by only partially passing on the cut, according to Mozo.

They announced their cut at 6pm, with cuts to take effect from October 22 which will help them pocket $59.9 million by delaying the effective date of their cuts.

CBA passed on the full 0.25 per cent cut to investors paying interest only.

Their lowest variable rate is now 3.22 per cent, the lowest of all the big banks, however Westpac and ANZ are yet to announce their cuts.

NAB and CBA fail to pass on full rate cut chief executive Paul Marshall said CBA’s variable home loan customers will be disappointed by the banks’ decision not pass on a bigger cut.

“As a result, the average CBA home loan customer, on the lowest rate will miss out on $26 per month, or $314 per year.

“The banks are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to passing on rate cuts, because it is a balancing act to satisfy their borrowers, savers and shareholders as rates dip closer to zero.” 

“With the cash rate now so close to zero, the banks are attempting to balance the needs of their shareholders, investors and borrowers.

"However, it’s disappointing to see such small cuts being passed on by two of the big banks.” 

NAB followed Commonwealth Bank's announcement, cutting their owner-occupier principal and interest, and interest only mortgage holders, by 15 basis points.

Their partial cut will save them $120.9 million, and the delay of nine days until the new rates come in to affect will add a further $13.7 million to their pockets. 

NAB and CBA fail to pass on full rate cut

They too passed on a higher rate to investors paying interest only, cutting rates by 0.3 per cent.

The rate cuts are effective from 11 October and are for new and existing customers.

Homestar Finance, Athena Home Loans and Auswide Bank have passed on the full 25 basis point rate cut, while Reduce Home Loans have cut by 20 points.

UBank have also passed on the full cut, with their variable rates dropping 0.25 per cent by October 29.

Pepper Money have also cut, nearly in full. They've cut by 24 basis points.

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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