It’s nearly two years since the Reserve Bank of Australia last changed interest rates – when it cut rates to a record low of 1.5% in August 2016. That’s a record period of inaction – or boredom for those who like to see action on rates whether it’s up or down.
As a result of the “slow down” in investment lending combined with significant losses in market share, major and non-major banks and lenders who imposed heavy restrictions on investment lending are now again open for investment business.
The RBA has again left interest rates on hold at the historical low of 1.50%. There has been no changes to the cash rate since August 2016. However over the past few weeks out of cycle rate hikes by the major banks and second tier lenders have made front page headlines. These interest rate increases ranged from negligible increases to owner occupied loans to smacking investors and those whose loans feature interest only repayments with some significant increases.
RBA Governor Glenn Stevens media release on 6 October 2015
At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.
The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some further softening in conditions in China and east Asia of late, but stronger US growth….