tmmonline.nz  |   landlords.co.nz        About Good Returns  |  Advertise  |  Contact Us  |  Terms & Conditions  |  RSS Feeds

NZ's Financial Adviser News Centre

GR Logo
Last Article Uploaded: Friday, July 3rd, 7:31AM

Mortgages

rss
Latest Headlines

Mortgage rates may be at cycle low: ASB

It is "quite possible" fixed rate mortgages have hit their lowest point in this cycle, according to economists at ASB.

Monday, November 18th 2019, 4:33PM

According to the bank's economists, lenders will consider "balance sheet risk management" over the coming months, as borrowers refix their mortgages. The risk management will put "upward pressure" on wholesale swap rates.

Wholesale swap rates have risen since the Reserve Bank's surprise decision to keep the OCR on hold at 1% last week. 

ASB's latest economic weekly report suggests borrowers enjoyed "a perfect storm" of favourable lending conditions in the run up to last week's MPS.

"The mortgage rate cuts made in October coincided with a bout of global risk aversion that dragged NZ interest rates lower as well as the local market pricing in an OCR low of 0.5%."

The ASB team, led by chief economist Nick Tuffley, predict the OCR will still drop to 0.5%, but say mortgage rates might not fall much further. 

"With the benefit of hindsight we might look back and note that the last few months have provided a perfect storm to the benefit of borrowers. Even if the RBNZ does eventually cut the OCR to 0.5%, as we still assume, term interest rates may not drop back to the levels of last month. At present, our 2-year special mortgage rate of 3.45% looks to be an attractive option for borrowers."

The big four, TSB, and Kiwibank all have a 3.45% two year offer in the market. SBS's 3.39% rate is the cheapest on offer aside from HSBC, ICBC and China Construction Bank.

The Reserve Bank has hinted there may be a high threshold for another OCR cut. On Friday, assistant governor Christian Hawkesby said it would take "something material" to cut the OCR in February.

 

Tags: ASB interest rates Lending Mortgage Rates Nick Tuffley OCR OCR forecasts RBNZ Reserve Bank

« Kiwibank slashes one-year mortgage to new lowBNZ censured over capital failings »

Special Offers

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Sign In to add your comment

 

print

Printable version  

print

Email to a friend
News Bites
Latest Comments
Subscribe Now

Mortgage Rates Newsletter

Daily Weekly

Previous News

MORE NEWS»

Most Commented On
Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 3.19 3.19 3.49
AIA Special - 2.69 2.69 2.99
ANZ 4.44 3.15 3.25 3.85
ANZ Special - 2.65 2.75 3.35
ASB Bank 4.45 3.19 3.19 3.49
ASB Bank Special - 2.69 2.69 2.99
Bluestone 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44
BNZ - Classic - 2.65 2.69 2.99
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.25 3.29 3.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
Credit Union South 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 3.35 3.85 -
Heartland 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 4.35 4.45 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.60 2.65 2.80
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.99 2.58 2.68 2.79
Kainga Ora 4.43 3.29 3.39 3.85
Kiwibank 3.40 3.40 3.54 4.00
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset - - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.65 2.79 3.25
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac 3.49 3.45 3.39 3.69
SBS Bank 4.54 3.29 ▼3.19 ▼3.49
SBS Bank Special - 2.79 ▼2.69 ▼2.99
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.79 2.79 3.39
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 3.29 3.29 3.89
TSB Bank 5.34 3.59 3.49 3.79
TSB Special 4.54 2.79 2.69 2.99
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.75 3.99 -
Westpac 4.59 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - ▼2.65 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 3.22 3.22 3.44

Last updated: 29 June 2020 9:13am

About Us  |  Advertise  |  Contact Us  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  RSS Feeds  |  Letters  |  Archive  |  Toolbox
 
Site by Web Developer and eyelovedesign.com