Banks passing on the May RBA cut on savings accounts

Shirley Liu 6 May 2016

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Can you still get an interest rate above inflation on your savings account? We've rounded up full details on every bank that has announced changes.

See which banks have passed on the rate cut on savings

The official RBA cash rate is now 1.75%, bringing Australia's official cash rate to a new record low. Prior to the announcement, a number of banks announced it would reduce its interest rates for savings accounts. We've already noted the banks that saw the rate cut coming in this post.

Unlike home loans rates, savings account rate announcements are not made within moments of the official RBA announcement. Savers don't like hearing that they're about to lose even more money. ANZ, however, did tweet that it would increase its 4 month term deposit rate by 1%. That has been the only rate increase so far. Out of the big four, there haven't been any announcements so far from the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac.

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We'll be updating as additional banks make changes, so keep checking regularly. Meanwhile you can read about getting a competitive interest rate on your savings, despite the current economic climate.

The winners and losers if the May 2016 RBA Rate Cut

The clear winners with the RBA rate cut are homeowners who have a variable rate home loan, since most banks lowered their rates following the announcement. Existing homeowners are now in a favourable position to refinance and lock in a low fixed interest rate. Australian exporters also have a reason to be happy with a sharply declining Australian dollar, meaning other countries want to buy more Australian goods since it's cheaper.

Savers don't benefit from a rate cut. As investors are less inclined to save with a savings account or term deposit, it is assumed that the pressure will drive investors into property. This gradually pushes up property prices even further and could hurt first home buyers.

Pensioners who often rely on the interest earned on their previous investments is also likely to receive less interest. It maybe a good time to consider diversifying into more aggressive investments to earn a higher return.

Australian importers are also at a disadvantage. The falling Australian dollar has meant that it's more expensive to buy overseas goods.

We've listed all the banks with announced and implemented changes below.

BankProductChangeNew rate  Effective date
ING DirectSavings maximiser-0.25%3.00%6 May 2016
Macquarie BankCash management account-0.25%1.65%5 May 2016
Macquarie BankCash XL-0.25%1.65%5 May 2016
Macquarie BankSavings account-0.25%1.75%5 May 2016
ANZ4 Month advance term deposit+1.00%3.00%5 May 2016
ANZAdvance term deposit ($5k<$100k)-0.25%1 month - 1.75%, 2 months - 1.75%, 5 months - 1.75%, 7 months - 1.75%, 8 month - 1.75%, 9 months - 1.75%, 10 months - 1.75%, 11 months - 1.75%, 18 months - 2.35%, 24 months - 2.45%, 36 months - 2.50%, 48 months - 2.55% and 60 months - 2.75%6 May 2016
ANZAdvance term deposit (50+)-0.25%1 month - 1.95%, 2 months - 1.95%, 5 months - 1.95%, 7 months - 1.95%, 8 month - 1.95%, 9 months - 1.95%, 10 months - 1.95%, 11 months - 1.95%, 18 months - 2.55%, 24 months - 2.65%, 36 months - 2.70%, 48 months - 2.75% and 60 months - 2.95%6 May 2016

Announcements

BankwestHero Saver-0.25%2.90 May 2016

BankProductChangeNew rate Effective date
ANZOnline Saver-0.25%2.90%13 May 2016
ANZProgress Saver-0.25%2.26%13 May 2016
Bank of QueenslandTerm deposit-0.25%1 month - 2.00%, 2 month - 2.00%, 3 month - 2.85%, 4 month - 2.00%, 5 month - 2.00%, 6 month - 2.95%, 7 month - 2.00%, 8 month - 2.00%, 9 month - 2.75%, 10 month - 2.00%, 11 month - 2.00%, 12 month - 2.85%, 24 month - 2.70% and 36-48 month - 2.75%11 May 2016
Bankwest3 Month term deposit-0.10%2.90%13 May 2016
Bankwest6 and 12 Month term deposit-0.15%6 month - 2.90%, 12 month - 2.85%13 May 2016
Bendigo BankChristmas Club Account-0.20%0.50%13 May 2016
Bendigo BankEasySaver Account-0.25%1.50%13 May 2016
Bendigo BankShareholder Account-0.20%0.10%13 May 2016
Bendigo BankCommunitySaver Account-0.25%1.50%13 May 2016
Bendigo BankPiggySaver Account-0.25%1.50%13 May 2016
CUAeSaver Reward Account-0.21%2.85%13 May 2016
CUAeSaver Plus Account-0.15%2.75%13 May 2016
CUAYouth eSaver Account-0.25%4.75%13 May 2016
Greater BankRetirement Plus-0.25%$1 to $2,000 - 0.25%, $2,000 to $48,600 - 1.25%, $48,600 and above - 2.75%16 May 2016
Greater Bank1-23 Month term deposit-0.25%1 month - 1.75%, 2 month - 1.75%, 3 month - 2.45%, 4 month - 2.45%, 5 month - 2.65%, 6 month - 2.75%, 7 month - 2.45%, 8 month - 2.45%, 9 month - 2.75%, 10 month - 2.45%, 11 month - 2.45%, 12 month - 2.75%, 13 month - 2.75% and 14-23 month - 2.45%9 May 2016
Greater Bank3-5 Year term deposit-0.30%3 year - 3.20%, 4 year - 3.20% and 5 year - 3.20%9 May 2016
Greater BankBonus Saver-0.25%2.45%16 May 2016
Greater BankLife Saver-0.30%3.20%16 May 2016
IllawarraTerm deposit-0.20%1 month - 1.50%, 2 month - 1.50%, 3 month - 1.50%, 4 month - 1.50%, 5 month - 1.50%, 6 month - 1.50%, 7 month - 1.50%, 8 month - 1.50%, 9 month - 1.50%, 10 month - 1.50%, 11 month - 1.50%, 12 month - 1.50% 16 May 2016
IllawarraSaver-0.20%2.10%16 May 2016
IllawarraEveryday Plus-0.20%$0 to $2,000 - 0%, $2,000.01 to $50,000 - 1.70%, $50,000.01 and above - 3.00%16 May 2016
IMBCash Management-0.25%$5,000 to $9,999.99 - 0.25%, $20,000 to $49,999.99 - 0.75%, $50,000 to $99,999.99 - 0.75%, $100,000 to $249,999.99 - 1.25%, $250,000 and above - 1.50%16 May 2016
UBankUSaver with Ultra Bonus-0.25%3.12%9 May 2016
UBankUSaver Reach-0.25%2.56%9 May 2016
UBankUSaver SMSF-0.25%2.31%9 May 2016
NABCash manager-0.25%1.25%9 May 2016
NABBusiness cash manager (>$10k)-0.25%1.05%9 May 2016
NABBusiness interest account (>$50k & <$100k)-0.25%0.75%9 May 2016
HSBCSerious Saver-0.25%2.50%9 May 2016
Macquarie BankTerm deposit (<$1 million)-0.15%1 month - 1.90%, 2 month - 1.90%, 3 month - 2.65%, 4 month - 2.65%, 6 month - 2.65% and 9 month - 2.65%9 May 2016
Macquarie BankTerm deposit ($1 million - $3 million)-0.25%1 month - 1.80%, 2 month - 1.80%, 3 month - 2.00%, 4 month - 2.00%, 6 month - 2.00% and 9 month - 2.00%9 May 2016
Macquarie BankTerm deposit (>$3 million)-0.25%1 month - 1.80%, 2 month - 1.80%, 3 month - 2.00%, 4 month - 2.00%, 6 month - 2.00% and 9 month - 2.00%9 May 2016
MEOnline savings account-0.15%3.55%9 May 2016
NABReward saver-0.25%2.85%9 May 2016
NABiSaver-0.25%2.25%9 May 2015
Commonwealth BankPensioner Security Account-0.25%2.50%Already in place

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