Interest Rates: has your bank done the right thing?

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Many borrowers probably heaved a sigh of relief last week when the Reserve Bank announced its rate cut.

With interest rates at record low levels debt is probably more manageable now than it has been in decades.

But the borrowers did not all feel the same amount of pleasure; some banks have not passed on the rate cut in full and others have delayed implementing it.

If you are a CBA, Westpac or NAB customer your hip-pocket will be feeling better as all these banks said they would pass the rate cut on in full. However, ANZ said that it would only reduce rates by 0.19 per cent.

Other household names that did not pass the cuts on in full include; AMP, Bankwest and Suncorp. And some banks are being tardy in handing over the money; Mortgage House passed the cut on within days. Most have announced that their cuts will come into force this month – although Bendigo’s drop only comes on 30 May. And, one specialised lender is only passing on the cuts on 27 June!

So, what do you do if you think you have been dudded by your bank?

…Shop around!

Ultimately, the Banks are loyal to their shareholders, so don’t let your bank over-charge you, for yours.

With a cooling market, the banks are fighting each other tooth and nail to win your business.

If you arrange a mortgage through a broker, NAB will give you enough frequent flyer points for two return flights to London.

And, for the right client the banks are offering ultra-sharp rates.

We are now seeing variable loans with a percentage that begins with the number 3.

Call your broker as soon as possible.

And while you’re at it, please give us call as well – for a second opinion – you may be surprised by the result!

Click here to request your free call-back service for a 10-15 minute, no-obligation consult over the phone.

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Disclaimer: This article contains general information; before you make any financial or investment decision you should seek professional advice to take into account your individual objectives, financial situation and individual needs. Click for more detail regarding this disclaimer.

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