Category Archives for "Interest Rates"

Dec 09

What Does All The Interest Rate Cuts Mean?

By Shane | Interest Rates

The Interest Rate Cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia have different effects on society. The four major banks have managed to answer these changes implemented basic standard variable mortgage rates one after another.

Many, but not all, would benefit from this interest rate cut changes. There still some that would not be benefited or feel that these changes would be a disadvantage on their part. The interest rate cut is a very important move because as we know, there are so many borrowers in Australia and most of them are having difficulty when they are already dealing with the housing repayments. The level of indebtedness in Australia is also increasing and it also means that the interest rate cut has a stronger impact than it used to be in previous years.

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Dec 03

RBA Announced Their Official Cash Rate In Time For Christmas

By Shane | Interest Rates , News

There have been speculations whether or not the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) would cut interest rates once again to boost Christmas sales. The speculations have already been cleared as the RBA has already decided. The RBA Has Announced Their Official Cash Rate In Time For Christmas during its last meeting of the year held on Tuesday (December 2, 2019) to hold official interest rates steady as it waits to see if the economy closes out 2019 on a positive note.

The bank decided to hold the official cash rate at a record low of 0.75% in line with the financial market and economist expectations.

The market has already expected that the RBA to let its rates steady with the prediction that the bank would wait to see how the Christmas and New Year spending activity will affect the economy, before making another decision early next year. This just explains that there are still open possibilities for future cuts if the low cost of borrowing and tax cuts fail to stimulate the economy.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe has stated, “Outlook for the global economy remains reasonable”, adding that “while the risks are still tilted to the downside, some of these risks have lessened recently”.

“Given these effects of lower interest rates and the long and variable lags in the transmission of monetary policy, the board decided to hold the cash rate steady at this meeting while it continues to monitor developments, including in the labour market, and is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy, full employment and the achievement of the inflation target over time,”

 “The main domestic uncertainty continues to be the outlook for consumption, with the sustained period of only modest increases in household disposable income continuing to weigh on consumer spending,” he added.

He also noted that “The low level of interest rates, recent tax cuts, ongoing spending on infrastructure, the upswing in housing prices and a brighter outlook for the resources sector should all support growth.”

Property prices and investors appear to have been the biggest beneficiaries of the RBA’s 0.25% interest rate reductions in June, July, and October.

Dec 02

How Can A Recession Affect The Economy

By Shane | Interest Rates

What Is A Recession?

It is a term of an overall economic decline and is usually followed by an immediate decline in the stock market, an increase in unemployment, and a drop in the property market. A recession is normally less serious than depression. It is a decrease in economic activity over a certain period of time.

The Impact Of Recession On The Following Economic Factors

Supply And Demand

Though the Central Bank has other means to adjust the interest rate, it still doesn’t have full control of it. The laws of supply and demand are reasonably affected by interest rates. During a period of recession, people will usually choose to save their money because of their lack of confidence. 

Most people usually are expecting to lose their jobs so they hesitate to spend or borrow, and instead, they chose to borrow. As a result, there is more supply of money than demand in borrowing. During a period of recession, a paradox of thrift is deemed, it is because the consumers chose to save their money rather than use it for consumption, and this causes the recession to get worse.

It is not a bad thing to save, however, if all people chose to save, they further limit the decision of consumers to spend, thus it makes the recession more severe.


While there is a decline in the economy, the demand for borrowing is also decreasing. A lack of demand drives interest rates to decline. Furthermore, the monetary policy employed by the central bank in times of recession is to increase the supply for money to reduce interest rates. Low-interest rates boost economic activity through consumer spending and investment in business and cheaper financing with low-interest rates.

Interest Rates

Interest rates largely depend on the economy’s condition.

When there is economic growth, the demand for money increases, and it influences the interest rate to drive upwards.

On the other hand, the economic downturn affects the downward impact on interest rates. Therefore, interest rates during a recession tend to drop, and this is because the inflation rate is low, and the central bank would like to deal with and encourage the economy.

Essentially, lower interest rates should help the economy from recession, as it reduces the cost of borrowing, and it should promote investment and consumer spending.

Property Values

During a recession, with unemployment continuously increases, it is expected that most of the people will not be able to afford their mortgages, and therefore we can observe home repossessions. In this situation, an increase in the supply of housing but a decrease in the demand is expected.


The investment will drop as companies minimize on taking risks and uncertainty. Borrowing can also be more difficult at this time banks are short of cash.

It comes, and it goes, that is what recession is all about. There are periods of recessions that are more severe and last longer than the others. However, as they say, there is always a rainbow after the rain, and therefore, a recession always ends. When problems in the economy are solved, it is always followed by economic growth.

Nov 28

What Are The Effects Of Negative Interest Rates

By Shane | Interest Rates

We will try to let you understand what Negative Interest Rates truly mean and how does it affect the lives of an ordinary citizen.

Interest rate cuts have been one of the principal means by the Central Bank in adjusting their monetary policies. Thus, every time there is a crisis, the initial solution of the central bank is to lower their interest rates. If the interest rates are already at zero, and the economy is still not well functioning as it intended to be, therefore, the traditional policy of cutting the interest rates into negative will not also work.

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Nov 20

The Concept Of Open Banking

By Shane | Interest Rates , Investing

What Is Open Banking?

Open banking refers to large, traditional banks opening up the data they have on customers in order to allow new products and services to be created, supporting all of that up with strict technical standards.

In essence, it allows customers to share their financial transaction data with authorized third parties, and allow authorized third parties to accept payments from their bank accounts.

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Nov 19

How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

By Shane | Building , Fundamentals , Home Loans , Interest Rates

What Are Home Construction Loans? 

Home Construction Loans allows a new home to be built through the term of construction. It is based on the time needed to build a home, and it usually ranges from 6 months to a year. Once your construction loan is approved, your lender will pay your builder every period, after work is completed. As soon as the home construction ends, your loan repayment begins.

Most first home buyers prefer having their home construction loan be combined with their standard mortgage plan, into something termed as a construction-to-permanent loan. This avoids the need to refinance after construction and go through 2 different closings.

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Nov 18

How Savings Rate Cuts Affect Consumers

By Shane | Interest Rates , News

What is a Savings Rate?

A Savings rate is defined as the value stated as a percentage or ratio, that an individual can deduct from his or her net income for the purpose of saving it for retirement. That particular amount of money is usually put invested in very low-risk investments such as money market funds or for a retirement account.

What Are The Factors That May Affect Savings Rate?

Savings rates tend to reduce as populations age. In this case, they chose to spend their money rather than saving them. Interest rate policies can also affect the decision of the people. Some other factors include:

  • Confidence

Consumer confidence can affect the savings rate. If the households could feel negativity towards the economic opportunities, consequently, they will prefer to save more and focus on paying off their debts.

  • Financial Status

When a credit crisis happens, credit can’t be obtained easily. Therefore, financing will decrease, and people will choose to focus on saving. On the contrary, a greater chance of credit, and an increase in work productivity can cause a lesser chance of saving.

  • Wealth  

 Another factor that can lower savings rates is the increase in wealth. People usually save to buy properties such as their own home. The housing market has a big influence on saving in Australia. Increasing house prices promotes mortgage equity withdrawal, and at the same time, an increase in spending. Conversely, a decrease in house prices has the opposite effect.

  • Net Income Growth

Savings rates can be affected by wage growth. Negative net income growth will result in a decline in the savings rate. As a result, people will spend through financing and from their savings.

  • The Effect Of Savings Rate Cuts

Economic experts believe that a higher interest rate can lead to lower overall expenditures and higher savings.  It is because the substitution effect outweighs the income effect.

Substitution Effect

Lower interest rates substitute saving for spending. It implies that a cut in the interest rate also means a drop in income as these people receive lower income payments. It will attract consumers to hold their cash rather than spending it. For instance, if a pensioner relies on interest payments from saving, he may decide to save more with the intention of maintaining his target income from his savings.

Income Effect

The amount of spending is based on income. Lower interest rates make saving less attractive. However, some consumers may react to lower interest rates by saving more so as to maintain their standard of living. On the contrary, some consumers may spend more if their income increases and they may spend less if their income drops.

Based on the latest news from RateCity, ANZ and NAB have reduced their savings rate again. The cutting of the savings rate intends to make financing at a lower cost for consumers and businesses. It also promotes spending and strengthening the economy.

Nov 15

FBAA Calls For A Review In The Credit Policy

By Shane | Home Loans , Interest Rates , News

The effect of lower mortgage rates will fail to stimulate lending within Australia unless banks will ease their credit policies, which were tightened in the midst of investigation from the banking royal commission.

Managing director of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) Peter White, has said Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate cuts isn’t enough to stimulate the housing market on their own, especially as banks use unrealistic credit criteria to push legitimate buyers out of the market and disadvantage borrowers.

During the FBAA’s annual conference, White said, “We need a more considered approach to credit policy because right now there are borrowers with the capability to pay a mortgage that is being rejected for a variety of reasons.”

White stated that banks are beginning to take action as they continue to lose business, citing Commonwealth Bank’s recent decision to lower its floor rate the second time in four months as an example.

 “Banks are being forced to act because the market is flat, and we will no doubt see that other banks will follow,” he added. 

“The FBAA has said before that the buffer used by banks is ridiculously obstructive to borrowers.

“In no way am I suggesting we loosen the credit criteria, but in an economy that needs stimulating, interest rate cuts are only a part of the solution.

He then concluded, “Denying legitimate and credible borrowers a loan due to credit policies that make no sense doesn’t help anyone.”