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A pleasant surprise

While everyone is busy raising mortgage rates one bank has done the opposite. SBS has lowered its one-year rate to 4.19% which makes it the lowest standard rate on offer in the market at the moment. HSBC sits alongside it here, however it has more conditions on its offer.

To see how the battle for short-term rates stacks up click here.

While SBS did lower a rate it also raised some of its longer ones.

Also moving today is Sovereign which has increased its variable rate as well as six months, one year and 18 month rates.

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Nope, no change

The Reserve Bank left the Official Cash Rate alone at this morning's review, in spite of greater inflationary pressures but in line with most expectations given easing global growth.

Wednesday, January 24th 2001, 10:30AM

by Paul McBeth

 

The Reserve Bank left the Official Cash Rate alone at this morning's review, in spite of greater inflationary pressures but in line with most expectations given easing global growth.

The OCR has been stuck at 6.5 per cent since last May. It's next up for review on March 14, coinciding with the RB's March Monetary Policy Statement.

Governor Don Brash said that, although CPI was marginally higher than they'd expected in the December quarter, the main factors driving the spike were one-off.

He said that other one-off factors also suggested that the peak in the CPI might be rather shorter than first thought so that the Bank could prudently leave the OCR unchanged.

Brash said that the exchange rate had strengthened since the RB's December Monetary Policy Statement but, perhaps more importantly, expectations for global growth this year had slowed appreciably. "This fall-off in expected growth has been most notable in the United States, but is also a feature of the outlook for Australia and for much of Asia."

In their latest weekly market review, ASB Bank economists pointed out that the RB announcement was the first of a central bank trilogy, with the US Federal Reserve expected to lower its cash rate next week and the Reserve Bank of Australia to do the same the following week. "The net effect - a higher New Zealand dollar."

Earlier this month, announcing a cut in WestpacTrust's floating mortgage rate in anticipation of no OCR rise today, Chief Economist Adrian Orr said that the RB's next move was likely to be a OCR cut around the middle of this year. "Given that we are now in a flat to declining interest rate environment, borrowers should consider sticking with the floating rate in anticipation of further reductions in longer-term interest rates later in the year."

Paul is a staff writer for Good Returns based in Wellington.

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Mortgage Rates Table

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ ▲5.69 ▲4.95 ▲5.25 ▲5.49
ANZ Special - ▲4.45 ▲4.75 -
ASB Bank ▲5.80 ▲4.99 5.19 5.49
ASB Bank Special - ▲4.59 4.79 5.09
BankDirect ▲5.80 ▲4.99 5.19 5.49
BankDirect Special - ▲4.59 4.79 5.09
BNZ - Mortgage One 6.25 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.70 - - -
BNZ - Special - 4.49 4.79 5.09
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.79 4.89 5.19 5.49
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.64 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.95 4.99 4.99 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 - - -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heretaunga Building Society 5.60 4.85 4.90 -
Housing NZ Corp 5.59 ▲4.75 ▲4.90 ▲5.20
HSBC Premier 5.59 4.19 4.39 4.69
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.60 4.39 4.69 4.99
Kiwibank 5.40 4.80 ▲5.05 ▲5.35
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 4.35 ▲4.65 ▲5.05
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 6.10 4.99 5.25 -
NZ Home Loans 5.65 4.80 ▲5.05 ▲5.35
NZ Home Loans - Specials - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
NZ Home Loans - Specials - 4.35 ▲4.65 ▲5.05
Perpetual Trust 7.70 - - -
Resimac 5.30 4.86 4.94 5.15
SBS Bank 5.54 4.75 4.95 5.29
SBS Bank Special - ▼4.19 ▲4.54 ▲4.95
Sovereign ▲5.90 ▲4.99 5.19 5.49
Sovereign Special - ▲4.59 4.79 5.09
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ ▲5.55 ▲4.45 ▲4.75 ▲5.05
The Co-operative Bank - Standard ▲5.55 ▲4.95 ▲5.25 ▲5.55
TSB Bank 5.54 4.75 4.79 4.99
TSB Special - 4.25 4.49 4.69
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Wairarapa Building Society 5.70 4.85 4.99 -
Westpac 5.65 4.89 5.19 5.49
Westpac - Capped rates - 5.15 5.25 -
Westpac - Offset 5.65 - - -
Westpac Special - 4.49 4.79 5.09
Median 5.69 4.78 4.92 5.12

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