In somewhat of a surprise move ASB Bank has today tested the home loan fixed interest rate market through its subsidiary Sovereign by raising home loan fixed interest rates across the board.
1 year fixed goes from 5.95% to 6.15%. 18 months fixed goes up a whopping 40 basis points from 6% to 6.40%. And even the 5 year rate gets a tune up from 7.60% to 7.75%
Given last weeks OCR announcement, rises in short term home loan interest rates would not have been particularly surprising. Rises in them all, from 6 months through to 5 years fixed, is however and It shall be interesting to see if the major lenders follow.
Having been left out in the breeze by the rest of the market, which did not follow ASB and Sovereign in raising home loan fixed interest rates, a u-turn has occurred and notification of home loan fixed interest rate decreases is just through. 18 months fixed is cut from 6.40% down to 6.10% and the very surprising rise in the 5 year rate from last week to 7.75% is now trimmed down to 7.40%, below where it was before last weeks rise.
With global financial markets getting spanked the past few days on growth concerns we hold no inspiration to move from a floating interest rate.