New Zealand's largest bank leads with term deposit rate increases to their core rate card, taking offers to among the best by a main bank

New Zealand's largest bank leads with term deposit rate increases to their core rate card, taking offers to among the best by a main bank

ANZ has now moved to raise some key term deposit interest rates.

Just after both Kiwibank and BNZ let their Chinese New Year 'specials' lapse and revert to previous rates, ANZ has upped rates for two important terms.

Their 240 day (eight month) rate has been raised by +15 bps to 2.80%.

And their one year rate has been raised by +10 bps to 2.70%.

That new eight month rate is better than any main bank for any term, while the one year rate matches Kiwibank's offer and beats all other main rivals for a 12 month fixed commitment.

Today's move comes on the same day the RBNZ abandoned its easing bias for monetary policy, and when both currency and wholesale interest rates markets reacted with strong daily rises. In the longer term, today's jumps aren't hugely significant yet, but given the RBNZ signals, they could suggest a turn to firmer levels.

But readers will have noted that the BNZ and Kiwibank 'specials' didn't last. Today's ANZ move aren't 'specials' however, rather core rate card changes.

For readers looking for risk-free returns, we should also note that the 1.00% offer for the Government's Kiwi Bonds (for fixed 6 month, one year, two year and four year terms) is now available.

That the Government now offers Kiwi Bonds at a -80 bps discount to inflation is not a great signal to those who need low-risk interest income.

We should also note as background that ANZ in Australia cut their TD rates recently, taking their 'best' rate down to 1.15% for a five year term commitment (interest paid quarterly). Who's the 'lucky country' now?

The updated rates in the table below are the highest offered by each institution for the terms listed. You will, however, need to check how often interest is credited or paid. That important factor is not filtered in the table and rates with various interest payment/credit arrangements are mixed here. However, our full tables do disclose the offer basis. (The codes are explained here).

Our unique term deposit calculator can help quantify what each offer will net you.

All carded, or advertised, term deposit rates for all financial institutions for terms of less than one year are here, and for terms of one-to-five years are here.

Term PIE rates are here.

The latest headline rate offers are in this table.

for a $25,000 deposit Rating 3/4 mths 5 / 6 / 7
mths
8 - 11
mths
  1 yr   18mths 2 yrs 3 yrs
Main banks                
ANZ AA- 2.25 2.65 2.80 2.70 2.60 2.60 2.60
ASB AA- 2.15 2.55 2.60 2.55 2.50 2.50 2.50
AA- 2.25 2.70 2.65 2.65 2.50 2.50 2.50
Kiwibank A 2.25 2.80 2.65 2.70   2.50 2.50
Westpac AA- 2.25 2.65 2.70 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.60
Other banks                
Co-operative Bank BBB 2.05 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.50 2.50 2.50
Heartland Bank BBB 2.40 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.90* 2.80 2.80
HSBC Premier AA- 1.90 2.20 2.20 2.05   2.05 2.05
ICBC A 2.45 2.90 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80
Rabobank A 2.05 2.70 2.65 2.55 2.50 2.50 2.50
RaboDirect BBB 2.25 2.70 2.70 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.60
A- 2.25 2.60 2.65 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.60

* = 15 months

Term deposit rates

Select chart tabs »

The '1 year %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '30 days %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '90 days %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '6 months %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '2 years %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '3 years %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The '4 years %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)
The ' 5 years %' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
(bank averages)

We welcome your help to improve our coverage of this issue. Any examples or experiences to relate? Any links to other news, data or research to shed more light on this? Any insight or views on what might happen next or what should happen next? Any errors to correct?

We welcome your comments below. If you are not already registered, please register to comment.

Remember we welcome robust, respectful and insightful debate. We don't welcome abusive or defamatory comments and will de-register those repeatedly making such comments. Our current comment policy is here.