High Interest Savings Accounts with bonus interest for Regular SavingsAre you making regular deposits into a savings account? You might be interested then in finding out which bank...on 1 April 2010 9:06 am
When the Reserve Bank of Australia increased cash rates by 0.25% on Melbourne Cup Day 2 November the Commonwealth Bank immediately responded by increasing its standard loan rates by 0.45% to the fury of Australians everywhere. ING Direct responded by immediately offering $1,000 to anyone who refinanced their mortgage through them before 30 June 2011 if you registerd by 30 November 2010. The remaining banks waited for the furore to die down before announcing that they too were increasing rates by greater than the RBA 0.25%. Here are the rate increases by the Big Four Banks and ING Direct.
Yawn. The second time around the gloss or the shine of Sir Richard’s Virgin brand seems to have become a little tarnished. I mean all the words are there, the sexy young things are there and the fantastic deals are there. Whoa back up there a minute, the fantastic deals? Hmm might check the detail a bit later on that one.
Two of the major expenses in most household budgets are groceries and petrol. With Australia’s two largest grocery store chains, Coles and Woolworths both offering a credit card with a rewards program and linked petrol savings programs, we take a look at whether getting one of these cards might be a good idea.
Are you worried about the increases in home loan mortgage rates? Are you considering switching to a fixed mortgage?
Given the recent trend of home loan interest rate rises, many home owners may be considering switching to a fixed rate home loan. Home owners are facing a similar situation as they did approaching the Federal elections in 2007. At that time the mortgage rates increased rapidly and many opted to switch to a fixed rate loan only to see the RBA rapidly cut rates due to the global financial crisis. Many borrowers who did fix were left with monthly repayments substantially higher than variable rate repayments. Now the RBA is trying to fight inflation, house pricing bubbles and bring rates up from historically low rates.
Financial literacy is a very important issue for anyone and it pays to start young. Smart parents can start their children off on the right path by introducing their children to banking at an early age by signing up for a Childrens Bank Account. Most banks offer special bank accounts specifically for children. A few of them even have special websites to help the education process.
Are you making regular deposits into a savings account? You might be interested then in finding out which bank products offer an incentive to regular savers. There are quite a few financial institutions that offer savings accounts with incentives to make regular monthly deposits however not all offer much in terms of a bonus. Read more to find those that do.