The NAB raised its loans rate for business lending by 20 basis points recently however the other main lenders are reluctant to unveil whether they’ll also raise loan rates. Increase by NAB in the ''liquidity premium'' for average to large businesses is its second such raise this year. A spokeswoman for National Australia Bank played down the effect of the raise to SmartCompany.
She said that, the liquidity margin is applicable to some market-connected products primarily for average to large-sized businesses which want to access finances for short periods of time. The huge majority of small business users will not be affected as they largely make use of variable rate lending products.
She said that, "huge competition" for deposits set the interest paid to term deposit consumers at "all-time high" compared with the Reserve Bank cash rate, moreover wholesale funding prices remain elevated.
The spokesperson reacts at suggestions that business customers are subsidizing push of NAB into the mortgages. She said that, the 2 aren’t linked. Group executive of National Australia Bank business banking, Joseph Healy said that, National Australia Bank is devoted to being transparent about their financial costs as well as explaining the portion of their total rate of customer that is credited to cost of funds." The further major lenders were reluctant to reveal whether they’d also lift their business loan rates.
Tracy Hicks, commonwealth Bank spokeswoman told to SmartCompany rates of the bank were "often under review" however would not unveil when the next business loan review would take place. Hicks said that, they don't assign any dates. Stephen Ries, ANZ spokesperson told SmartCompany the bank "didn't guess on interest rates" as well as said the bank reviews of small business loans on every month’s second Friday.
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