Results: Fixed rates
Have we all been wrong about interest rates remaining low?
Virtually everybody taking out a mortgage at the moment is fixing their interest rate for a one-year period. The trouble with this...
A shift in longer term rates
ASB is the latest bank to drop their 4 and 5 year mortgage rates below 3%, joining BNZ and Westpac at 2.99% and it won't be long b...
Rate cuts are likely to be short term only
Margins are below average for terms of three years and longer. This tell us that unless there's a change in borrowing costs, anyone holding out for further falls in rates is taking quite a gamble.
The rate drop we didn't see coming
It started with ANZ slashing their rates and now the other mainstream banks are jumping on the bandwagon, each with different approaches.
A new record-low for interest rates
Retail banks were called out by the deputy governor of the RBNZ for not passing their lower prices down to home loan borrowers. ANZ seems to have listened.
Can mortgage rates drop any further?
Since the country has settled into Alert Level Two, we're now starting to see retail banks lowering their interest rates. But are home loan borrowers getting the benefit of cheap wholesale rates?