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Westpac group drops fixed rate

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Westpac drops fixed rate

The major bank and its subsidiaries have become the latest lenders to drop the interest rate on their two-year fixed rate home loans.

As of Wednesday (20 September), Westpac’s two-year fixed rate for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest (P&I) dropped by 11 basis points to 4.08 per cent (standalone rate) or 5.16 per cent comparison.

For those with a Premier Advantage Package, the new rate is 3.88 per cent (4.88 per cent comparison) for two-year fixed terms.

At Bank of Melbourne, Bank SA and St. George Bank, the new standard two-year fixed rate for owner-occupiers on P&I is 14 basis points below its former level, at 4.00 per cent (5.14 per cent comparison).

The group clarified to brokers that customers will receive the new lower rate on applicable loans if they have already rate-locked their fixed rate, and if the rate locked in is higher than the new rate, on the date the loan settles (provided that there is no further fixed rate change).

If the rate locked in is lower than the new rate, then they will not be impacted by this change (i.e., they will get the rate they locked it at).

Westpac’s move to drop its two-year fixed rates follow on from similar moves from Suncorp, ANZ, CUA, and MyState Bank. Suncorp Bank recently said that the rate drop follows on from “recent reductions to fixed rate funding costs”.

 [Related: CUA 'phases' back into investor loans, cuts rates]

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