Lower mortgage rates, or higher bank margins?
Declines in fixed interest rates in the US have fed through to some reductions in NZ’s bank wholesale borrowing costs. Will this m...
Mortgage rates | no spring specials in sight, what’s in store for summer?
Costs for banks to borrow money have decreased. Added with the higher lending rates they provide, can banks afford to start cuttin...
Reserve Bank puts an end to the OCR hikes – but challenges still lay ahead
The Reserve Bank remains confident there is no need to increase the OCR further — but when will mortgage interest rates begin to fall? New borrowers are still feeling the crunch too, with bank test rates often higher than 9%.
Will there be a return of the 2.99% five year rate?
Where are fixed mortgage interest rates likely to average over the next 5-10 years, and will there be a return of the 2.99% five year rate?
Are Kiwi households tightening up spending habits enough?
For Kiwi borrowers, times are tough and by necessity set to get tougher for those with rates rolling off in the next few months. With the chance of the Reserve Bank nudging the OCR higher by a final 0.25%, should Kiwis be fearing the worst?
Monetary policy tightening may finally have peaked
The Reserve Bank conducted their regular review of New Zealand’s official cash rate this week and rather than increase it by the widely expected 0.25% they took it up by 0.5%.