Is There an Interest Rate Rise on the Way?

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Believe it or not when we borrow money from the bank, we are normally borrowing someone else’s money.  And there is evidence that these people are going to demand that we pay a higher interest rate on our loans.


Banks and other deposit-taking institutions need to raise an estimated $125 to $135 bn this year – mainly from the global money markets. But there are signs these investors are going to demand a higher return from the money they lend us.

Various factors are putting pressure on banks’ lending rates.  For some, the advent of Donald Trump has pushed up benchmark borrowing rates; while for others, government regulations will make borrowing money more expensive.

At the same time, with Australian inflation languishing at 1.5 per cent (way below the Reserve Bank’s target of two to three per cent) then it may be that domestically, there is a drop in base rates.

These competing pressures make it difficult for the borrower to know where rates are going. If one bank is more exposed to the global money markets than another does that mean they are more likely to raise interest rates?

Will fixed rates go up while variable stay low?

For a more detailed understanding of what is happening with interest rates, please contact your Chan & Naylor broker.

Graeme Salt - Chan & Naylor Finance

Graeme Salt

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One response to “Is There an Interest Rate Rise on the Way?”

  1. Anthony says:

    I’m surprised to read that such high-calibre financier makes false statement in his opening paragraph:
    “Believe it or not when we borrow money from the bank, we are normally borrowing someone else’s money.“

    I’m sure you all, best financiers and accountants in Australia, are very well aware of Fractional Reserve Banking system that has been implemented in pretty much all western world economies, also in Australia. Its consequence is that banks no longer lend depositor’s money- they simply create “money” by approving a loan and write its balance into the borrower’s account. And they only need a small fraction of deposits to create “money as credit” out of thin air…

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