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Rates Update: Banks tweak short term rates

 

Even as the short-term deposit rate space remains very competitive, banks continue to wax and wane with interest rates.

 

Monday, 20 December 2010

by Sophia Rodrigues

RaboDirect increased its six-month deposit rate by 10 basis points to now offer 5.15%  and the best rate among all the major banks. But Kiwibank cut the deposit rate for the same term by the same 10 basis points to offer the second best rate of 5.10%.

RaboDirect also raised its nine-month deposit rate by five basis points to 5.20% but the leader in that term remains Bank of New Zealand at 5.30%. But to get BNZ's best rate one has to deposit at least $5,000 while for RaboDirect a minimum $1,000 is sufficient to get the 5.20% rate.

In the 90-day space, RaboDirect cut rate by 15 basis points to now offer 4.85% and market leader ASB also cut its rate by 10 basis points to offer 4.90%.

In a surprise move, BNZ which has traditionally been a market leader in the five-month term cut its rates sharply, leaving ANZ with the top rate there at 5%.

BNZ has also once again raised its deposit rate across all terms sharply for minimum amount of $5,000. This is the third time in the last three months BNZ has made such changes either increasing or decreasing, thus effectively combining or separating its rate brackets.

Among finance companies, UDC cut rates between 10-50 basis points for terms ranging from 90 days to 18 months.  At 5.30% for one-year rate on the AA but non-guaranteed debentures, UDC competes with Marac's 5.50% guaranteed debentures with BB+ rating and non-guaranteed debentures offering 6.25%.

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