Second cut in a month for Dollarmite savers

Second cut in a month for Dollarmite savers

Australia’s largest bank, CBA, has today cut two of its most popular savings accounts for the second time in a month.

The Youthsaver account (Dollarmites) has been shaved by 0.05 per cent, to a maximum rate of 1.05 per cent, while the introductory rate on the Netbank Saver has been cut by 0.05 per cent to 0.90 per cent.

The Commonwealth Bank last cut these accounts on August 20 – the Youthsaver by 0.10 per cent and its Netbank Saver by 0.05 per cent.

Across the board, savings rates have been plummeting with banks making out of cycle cuts.

RateCity analysis shows in the last month:

  • More than 40 banks cut saving account rates, including CBA, Westpac, Macquarie Bank and AMP.
  • Average cut was 0.17 per cent.
  • Average ongoing savings rates is now 0.56 per cent.

Big four banks: Standard Accounts

Bank Product Intro rate Ongoing rate Intro term
CBA NetBank Saver

0.90%

0.05%

5 mths
Westpac eSaver

0.85%

0.05%

5 mths
NAB iSaver

0.95%

0.05%

4 mths
ANZ Online Saver

0.80%

0.05%

3 mths

Source: RateCity.com.au

Big four banks: Kids Accounts

Bank Account Max rate Conditions for max rate
CBA Youthsaver 1.05% Make at least 1 deposit & no withdrawals per mth
Westpac Bump account 1.10% Make sure balance is higher at the end of the mth
NAB N/A    
ANZ Progress Saver 0.85% Deposit $10+ and no withdrawals per mth

Source: RateCity.com.au

Highest ongoing savings rates on RateCity.com.au

Bank Max rate Conditions for max rate
ING 1.65% Deposit pay of $1,000+ and make 5+ card transactions per month
MyState Bank 1.65% Deposit $20+/mth and make 5+ purchases in linked account
UBank 1.60% Deposit $200+/mth into a linked account
Move Bank 1.60% Deposit $200+/mth and no withdrawals
86 400 1.60% Deposit $1000+/mth into a linked account
Up 1.60% 5+ card purchases from linked account
Source: RateCity.com.au Excludes accounts with age restrictions.

RateCity research director Sally Tindall said; “The news just keeps getting worse for kids in the Dollarmite program looking to earn interest on their pocket money.

“Hundreds of thousands of kids around the country will, once again, be earning less interest on their money,” she said.

“It’s a hard lesson to learn but it’s the reality of a low rate environment – most kids savers have taken a battering over the last six months.

“With the Dollarmite program still on pause for some schools, now is a great time for parents to take stock of their child’s savings account.

“One of the few standouts remaining is CUA’s kids account, which is still offering a rate of up to 3 per cent for balances under $5,000. That’s almost three times higher than CBA’s Youthsaver rate,” she said.

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