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Savers suffer as big banks cut bonus rates

Savers suffer as big banks cut bonus rates

ANZ and NAB have today cut the interest rates on their savings accounts on the back of last week’s cut to the cash rate, affecting millions of customers. 

Both ANZ and NAB have chosen to cut their bonus savings rates by 0.25 per cent, leaving their base savings rates untouched. 

CBA, Australia’s largest bank, lowered their savings rates last week. Unlike ANZ and NAB, CBA has dropped the base rate on its popular Net Saver account by 0.05 per cent, in addition to cuts of up to 0.35 per cent on its bonus savings rates. 

RateCity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said that regular savers would be hurt the most by this current round of cuts. 

“Where this latest round of cuts is really going to hurt is with the consistent savers who go above and beyond to make sure they make regular deposits to qualify for high ongoing rates,” she said. 

“They’re going to be penalised by a full 0.25 per cent cut, probably because it’s one of the few places remaining to make cuts that will actually make a difference to the banks’ bottom line. 

“Meanwhile, the big banks’ standard savings accounts are about as satisfying as an English summer. They’re good for a very short stint before settling into a cold bleak reality. The truth is, even before this rate cut, they earned next to nothing after the introductory period expires. 

“Keen savers can still get relatively competitive rates, if they’re prepared to look beyond the big banks. Neo bank 86 400, and MyState Bank are still offering 2.50 per cent on their savings rate which are now two of the best rates on the market,” she said. 

Today’s cuts by ANZ and NAB are on the same day their home loan changes take effect. CBA has opted to cut its savings rates over two weeks in advance of its home loan changes. 

So far, 27 banks have cut savings rates with the remaining big bank, Westpac, still expected to cut post RBA.

Changes to standard savings accounts

These accounts have no ongoing terms and conditions. They typically include an introductory period which offers bonus interest for several months, before dropping to a low ongoing rate. 

Max rate (3 - 5 mths)

Base rate

Old rate

New rate

Change

Old rate

New rate

Change

ANZ Online Saver

1.85%

1.60%

0.25%

0.10%

0.10%

0.00%

NAB iSaver

2.11%

1.86%

0.25%

0.11%

0.11%

0.00%

CBA Netbank

2.00%

1.65%

0.35%

0.15%

0.10%

0.05%

Note: the intro rate periods are as follows: ANZ 3 mths NAB 4 mths; CBA 5 mths.

Changes to conditional savings accounts

These accounts require you to meet certain terms and conditions, such as one deposit a month and no withdrawals, in order to qualify for the bonus interest that month. 

Max rates (if conditions are met)

Base rate

Old rate

New rate

Change

Old rate

New rate

Change

ANZ Progress saver

1.85%

1.60%

0.25%

0.01%

0.01%

0.00%

NAB Reward saver

1.86%

1.61%

0.25%

0.11%

0.11%

0.00%

CBA Goal saver

1.15%

0.90%

0.25%

0.01%

0.01%

0.00%

Note: rates based on balances less than $50,000. CBA offers higher rates for larger deposits. 

Highest ongoing savings rates on RateCity.com.au

Bank

Max rate

Conditions

86 400

2.50%

Deposit $1K /mth

MyState Bank

2.50%

$20/month & 5 or more transactions on linked account

Up

2.25%

5 or more transactions on linked account

Australian Unity

2.25%

$250/mth

RAMS

2.25%

$200/mth & no withdrawals

Notes: excludes kids savers and introductory rates.

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This article was reviewed by Research Director Sally Tindall before it was published as part of RateCity's Fact Check process.

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