A challenger bank has increased its interest rates for variable residential and investment loans by 9 basis points, effective 29 May 2018, for both new and existing loans.
In a statement, MyState Bank said that it reviews interest rates in response to a range of factors. These include regulatory requirements, current market conditions, costs of funding related to wholesale and retail deposits, and investments made to upgrade the lender’s position in the market.
MyState Bank’s head of broker sales, Paul Herbert, said that the decision to raise interest rates was difficult, but the bank recognised the changing dynamics in the financial services industry, including the ongoing need to invest in services for customers.
“We have carefully considered a number of factors relating to changing our variable interest rates, and the decision to raise interest rates was difficult and not one that we have taken lightly. While our interest rates will rise, they are extremely low by historic standards and remain highly competitive in the market,” Mr Herbert said.
“At the same time, we are continuing to improve our services for our brokers and customers to ensure that we are easy to do business with.”
MyState Bank’s fixed rate home loan rates are unchanged.
James Mitchell has over eight years’ experience as a financial reporter and is the editor of Wealth and Wellness at Momentum Media.
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