ASB Leads The Way With Interest Rate Rises

ASB are out today with its 2nd series of fixed interest rate rises in the past 3 weeks. The floating rate also gets a tweak up 0.10% despite the OCR cut a week ago.

3 years fixed up 0.40%

4 years fixed up 0.60%

5 years fixed up 0.50%

These are big moves over a 3 week period highlighting the benefit of staying in close touch with your broker if your not following the market yourself.

OCR Trimmed To 1.75%

As was widely anticipated the OCR was trimmed by 0.25% to 1.75% this morning.

Recently swap rates have been increasing. The 5 year swap rate was 2.32% back in late June, as at today its 2.72%.  This suggests an increased likelyhood of fixed interest mortgage rates rising.