ANZ: First Bank to move Interest Cut-Rate

by joy.manginsay 10. December 2011 18:10

According to Treasurer Wayne Swan says the most important thing is for interest rate cuts “cuts to be passed on promptly.” Last November, the big four banks namely ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth and Westpac ended 25-basis-point cut. Among four banks, ANZ was the first to announce that they will slice their standard variable mortgage rates after the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate. ANZ was the first to move, saying it would pass on the full 25-basis point reduction from December 16, taking its standard variable rate to 7.3%.

According to ANZ Australian Chief Executive Philip Chronican said, “ the banks retail margins were contracting as funding costs increased in the last six months, and these cost were now largely unrelated to movements in the official cash rate.” Interest cur-rates really help for the Australians, it would mean a lower income and hopefully it will cut this month because it would make for a better Christmas. Small business customers will also get relief because of the announcement of ANZ Interest rate from 25 basis points to 7.30% from December 16. However, ANZ also indicated that in future it will set its retail interest rates and will have potential for a rise as early January.

Continuous Cut Rates Forecast

by Administrator 5. December 2011 18:37

JP Morgan forecasted that the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates next month due to “material” deterioration in financial markets since the last board meeting. JP Morgan added that Australia’s central bank will cut interest rates in the country to 4.25% from 4.50% this coming December. 25 basis points cut interest rates that RBA have, it’s the first interest cut for more than two years because of the Melbourne Cup Day.

According to JP Morgan economist Stephen Walters, “The RBA boards showed its hand on Cup Day by choosing to case policy owing mainly to escalating global concerns our assessment is that officials will stick to this script in the near term, given that conditions in financial markets have deteriorated materially.” Starting December continuously next year, there could be deeper cuts in 2012 and forecasted that there will have twice cut interest rates next to 3.75%. The Reserve Bank has not been alone in cutting interest, some countries influenced the RBA to make the decision but among the economist who attended the meeting, they exactly focused the neutral level for the Reserve Bank’s benchmark 4 and 4.5 %.

Interest cut rate due to debilitated conditions?

by Joy Manginsay 17. October 2011 17:17

According to Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans, “Inflation pressures are weak, labor markets are soft, and investment and export plants have softened.” However, the softness in the labor force may have been overdone ad maybe we started to see the signs toward better employment conditions.  Due to the weak business conditions, Australia’s Central Bank decides to cut interest rate. Westpac strongly predicted that Reserve Bank of Australia will cut official rates in December.

Interest rates may cut next few months after employment rose last September. One factors of the interest cut is the employment rose because Economists had expected the jobless rate to stay at 5.3% which is very satisfying for the booming economy. According to Normura Chief Economist Stephen Roberts, “The better than expected figures means there is “very little likelihood” of the RBA changing the cash rate from its 4.75% at November. Expectedly, if the interest rate will cut, we will have stable home loan rates in which both the tenants and landlords benefited on it and in business investment will rose and have a more positions economic outlook.

Where to Next for Property Prices?

by Administrator 6. October 2011 19:15

Despite the Interest Rates Stability at 4.75% and some negative equity in houses, is there still a chance of an Australian Property crash? There is no doubt residential real estate prices are on the slide even if the economy falls and unemployment rises, they will continued to lower but still it doesn’t count on a crash.

Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) figures shows residential property prices fall between 11-15% in the inner suburbs of East, West Perth and Northbridge in the year. Westpac Senior Economist Matthew Hassan said the high prices achieved during the first mining boom in WA had priced many people out of the market. “Since then, Perth’s really struggled to gain any traction in terms of price performance and a common theme of slowing property prices was elevated interest rates, “Mr. Hassan said.

Investors, businesswomen, we still believe and expected a full recovery of the housing  market in WA next year, also we are expecting also that the interest rate cut would be the key to establishing house prices. In addition, we are balancing rental income in return for capital gains in the future.


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