Cash Accounts October 2015


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There were no changes to the RBA’s cash rate in October. The statement from October’s RBA meeting pointed to the domestic economy expanding moderately, offshore weakness, a strong US economy and it was generally seen as being vaguely hawkish. However, by the end of the month the probability of another rate cut implied by cash market prices had changed and the odds of cut in the first and second quarters of 2016 had shortened sharply. Increases in mortgage rates by the major banks were seen as a de facto tightening of monetary policy and some economists thought a cut by the RBA would be required to balance this out. Remember that borrowers don’t borrow at the RBA’s cash rate. They borrow at bank rates. So when banks put rates up independently of an RBA rate move, this has the effect of a monetary policy tightening. The RBA for its part, while happy to take the heat out of the housing market, will want to ensure domestic spending is not curtailed by the move.

Cash markets agreed with this analysis and increased the probability of a November or December rate cut with a November rate change seen as an outside chance. As we reached the end of October, the chance of a single rate cut is being priced as a certainty by February 2016 (previously a cut by March was considered a certainty) and markets were pricing in a second rate cut as a 72% chance by August 2016. At the end of September, the odds were only 50/50.100115 Cash Rate Expectations[/private]


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AMP Notice Account2.70%
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Bankwest Smarter Esaver2.80%Zero w/draw pm up to $500k
Bankwest Solid Gold Saver2.25%$10k+
BoQ Cash Man Account2.15%Limit 1 w/draw pm
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CBA Goal Saver Ac2.80%
CUA eSaver Plus Account2.90%
Heritage Online Saver2.70%$750,000+
ING Savings Accelerator2.75%$150k+
Macquarie CMA1.90%
ME Online Savings2.25%
NAB Isaver1.90%
NAB Reward Saver3.05%1 dep no w/draw mth
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Suncorp eOptions1.90%
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