04 Sep RBA UPDATE
RBA keeps cash rate on hold at 1.50%
A week after the first of the big four banks moved out of cycle from the official cash rate and increased costs for borrowers the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has kept the cash rate on hold at 1.50%.
Governor Philip Lowe had this to say in his official statement:
“Conditions in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets have continued to ease and nationwide measures of rent inflation remain low. Housing credit growth has declined to an annual rate of 5½ per cent. This is largely due to reduced demand by investors as the dynamics of the housing market have changed. Lending standards are also tighter than they were a few years ago, partly reflecting APRA’s earlier supervisory measures to help contain the build-up of risk in household balance sheets. There is competition for borrowers of high credit quality.”
“The low level of interest rates is continuing to support the Australian economy. Further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target is expected, although this progress is likely to be gradual. Taking account of the available information, the Board judged that holding the stance of monetary policy unchanged at this meeting would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.”
What does this mean for you? As the cash rate stands still at 1.50%, there have been a number of lenders including four of Australian’s biggest lenders who’ve changed their interest rates at their own discretion. Over the next few months make sure you keep an eye on any rate movement, and consider whether your current loan is still right for you.