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Some banks move quickly to raise their floating mortgage rates now the RBNZ has hiked the OCR. Here is where each bank stands

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Some banks move quickly to raise their floating mortgage rates now the RBNZ has hiked the OCR. Here is where each bank stands
Rates are rising

Within minutes of the Reserve Bank raising its Official Cash Rate, ANZ announced rate rises for its floating mortgage rates.

The RBNZ hiked the OCR by 25 basis points, but ANZ only raised its floating rate by 15 basis points. But it has also raised some key savings account rates by up to 10 basis points.

ASB was next out of the blocks saying it's "committed to holding its base business interest rate through to the end of 2021."

“While the OCR increase puts pressure on our funding costs, we won’t be passing this cost through on our business base rate which is used to price loans most commonly used by our small business customers. We hope this commitment brings some small peace of mind to small businesses at this highly uncertain time," says Tim Deane, ASB’s Executive General Manager for Business Banking.

ASB’s variable home lending rate is also unchanged at 4.45%. 

Additionally ASB says it's increasing the rates on its savings plus and headstart savings accounts by 25 basis points, taking the maximum interest rate on both accounts to 0.40%.

Meanwhile, Kiwibank has announced a series of increases to mortgage and savings rates.

Kiwibank's variable, offset and revolving lending rates are going up by 25 basis points from Monday October 11 for new customers, and from Monday 25 October for existing customers. The new variable and offset rate will be 4%, and the revolving rate is being increased to 4.05%.

Among the savings rates Kiwibank's increasing are that for its 90-day notice saver account which is increasing 25 basis points to 1.25%. The bank's also increasing term deposit rates for between four month and five year terms. The biggest increase is 45 basis points on the four-month rate taking it to 1%, with the one-year rate up just five basis points to 1.40%.

These changes take effect on Friday 8 October for term deposits and on Monday 11 October for other Kiwibank savings accounts.

Here is how the floating rates of the main retail banks compare now.

as at October 7, 2021 Current change New Effective
  % bps % for existing
ANZ 4.44 +15 4.59 26-Oct-21
ASB 4.45 no change 4.45  
BNZ 4.55      
Kiwibank 3.75 +25 4.00 25-Oct-21
Westpac 4.59 +25 4.84 1-Nov-21
Bank of China 4.35      
CCB 5.00      
Cooperative Bank 4.40      
Heartland Bank 2.55      
HSBC 3.69      
ICBC 3.69      
SBS Bank 4.54      
TSB 4.54      

We will update this table as each bank announces its rate reaction for home loans.

*You can see all advertised, or carded, bank term deposit rates for one to nine months here, and all rates for one to five years here.

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ANZ seems to be ahead of the pack consistently maximising its profitability at every opportune.


With inflation at 4%, they are being realistic. As long as they match moves for savers.


They are just reflecting the latest movements in swap rates.

This is just the beginning, and not so much because of the current OCR rise (which was already priced with a 80% probability), but also because of the hawkish tone of the latest RBNZ statement, and the near future very likely series of OCR raises. .


ANZ also immediately also raised deposit savings rates, oh, wait. 


Funny, they are doing this when the virus is getting out of hand and spreading out. Talk of Throttling the Pump.


The Covid excuse has run its course. Current ridiculuosly loose monetary policy was simply unsustainable and it just could not continue.


So Heartland bank can charge 2.55% for a floating rate, but the big Australian banks charge approx double that at 4.45% at a cost of money which must be in the 1 something percentage points. Seems like a massive profit margin to me. Can anyone suggest why they can get away with this?