All eyes on big four as Macquarie lifts rates

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 16 : 10-Jul-18

There is growing speculation that Australia’s four major banks will increase their mortgage interest rates independently of the Reserve Bank. Macquarie is the latest bank to have advised of a rise in its variable rates for new and existing customers. Jonathan Mott of UBS says the large banks may opt to lift their rates in coming months to reflect the increase in their wholesale funding costs, although Sean Fenton of Tribeca Investment Partners notes that the major banks may be wary of attracting further political scrutiny at present. Some smaller lenders recently increased their mortgage rates.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD, PEPPER GROUP LIMITED, AMP BANK LIMITED, SUNCORP BANK, AUSWIDE BANK LIMITED – ASX ABA, IMB LIMITED, ME BANK, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

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