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Ringing in the rate changes

Friday, November 25th 2016, 10:00AM 5 Comments

We have increases to fixed rates across the board today from BNZ, ASB, Bank Direct and Sovereign. When you look at the rates table here there's a lot of red ink.

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On 25 November 2016 at 2:27 pm DT said:
So a number of banks have raised fixed rates today. Please let us ignorant borrowers know your reasons for doing this. To save you a bit of time, I have listed some options for you to choose from. Please select from the following reasons
1. We have chosen to ignore the recent cut to the OCR, and use the profits to pay our executives higher salaries
2.Banking is about business and is nothing about having a social conscience or morals, and if we can screw some more money out of ignorant borrowers, we will continue to do so
3. There is nothing to stop us, we will raise rates whenever we feel like it, the government would never intervene
4.Usury is legal in New Zealand
5. We can always take advantage of the general apathy and ignorance of borrowers, after all there is only one comment from all our thousands of borrowers in this column
On 29 November 2016 at 12:01 pm gavin austin adviser business compliance said:
Hi DT - good comments- yes we have become very apathetic towards mortgage rates due to the relative pow interest rates compared to a few years ago. Banks do need to justify their positions but don't hold your breath for a response to your comments as they just won't bother- another sign of their arrogance. The Bankers Assoc probably wont respond either as they are just a collective of the BIG four and we all know that the NZBA CEO is just their puppet mouthpiece.
On 30 November 2016 at 7:51 am Keith Walter said:
When the interest rate the banks borrow at increases (as it has) the mortgage rates rise
On 30 November 2016 at 2:08 pm gavin austin adviser business compliance said:
Great insight Keith - where specifically did this increase come from? I thought we had pretty high internal costs of borrowing compared to world markets. If we (the Banks) are going offshore for funding it should(excluding currency risk) be cheaper after all we do have a "Super Turbo Charged Growth Economy" a very stable political climate so all seems to be in our favour. Any additional info that you have to enlighten readers of Good Returns would be great.
On 30 November 2016 at 2:24 pm DT said:
So the next question is- can anybody tell me how much the rate the banks borrow overseas money at has increased? If it increased by .25% in August and again by .25% in November, borrowers could understand by OCR cuts haven't been passed on. A general statement that 'overseas borrowing interest rates have increased, therefore we can't pass on OCR cuts', does nothing to assure borrowers that the banks aren't just skimming off a bit of free cream for themselves
If the banks have nothing to hide, why is there no response to my comments, or is this just another sign of their arrogance?

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.55 2.95 3.29
ANZ 4.44 3.10 3.50 3.84
ANZ Blueprint to Build 1.68 - - -
ANZ Special - 2.50 2.90 3.24
ASB Back My Build 1.79 - - -
ASB Bank 4.45 2.55 2.95 3.29
Basecorp Finance 5.49 - - -
Bluestone 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
BNZ - Classic - 2.55 2.95 3.25
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.15 3.22 3.85
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 2.95 3.45 -
Heartland Bank - Online 1.95 1.85 2.35 2.45
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.80 3.90 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.19 2.45 2.69
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - 2.25 - -
ICBC 3.69 2.15 2.35 2.75
Kainga Ora 4.43 2.67 2.97 3.13
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 3.75 3.34 3.34 4.14
Kiwibank - Offset 3.75 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.75 2.49 2.49 3.29
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 2.99 3.24 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 2.98 2.79 3.29
SBS Bank 4.54 2.69 2.99 3.29
SBS Bank Special - 2.19 2.49 2.79
Select Home Loans 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - ▲2.29 - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 ▲2.49 ▲2.89 ▲3.19
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 ▲2.99 ▲3.39 ▲3.69
TSB Bank 5.34 ▲3.30 ▲3.69 ▲4.04
TSB Special 4.54 ▲2.50 ▲2.89 ▲3.24
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac 4.59 3.15 3.49 3.89
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.55 2.89 3.29
Median 4.54 2.68 2.99 3.29

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