Kiwibank is the third bank to adopt 4.19% as its one year fixed home loan rate as the reductions keep coming at the popular end of the fixed term options

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Hot on the heals of the SBS Bank rate drop, Kiwibank has also announced a mortgage rate cut.

Kiwibank is also offering 4.19% for one year fixed.

This is a ‘special’ which requires at least a 20% equity in the property. You need a loan of at least $150,000. Kiwibank ‘specials’ are also available for Welcome Home Loan options.

They are the third bank to offer this rate, matching both SBS Bank and the original mover, HSBC.

But no one is yet attempting to match HSBC’s Premier 18 month rate of 3.85%.

You need to go back to the June – September 2016 period when fixed mortgage rates were this low. Back then, Kiwibank had an equivalent one year rate, but they and others also had even lower rates (down to 4.15%) for 18 month and two year offers. (ASB, BNZ, TSB and Westpac also joined in for some of that time.)

This is how wholesale rates compared at that time:

Swap rates25-Jul-162-Jul-18
one year2.102.06
two years2.052.14
three years2.062.26
four years2.102.39
five years2.142.53
seven years2.262.77
ten years2.443.02

Up until recently, wholesale swap rates have been reasonably stable, a track that has lasted in all of 2018. But in the past week or so, we have seen a shift lower in these wholesale benchmarks, down about -10 bps as international growth assumptions start to be pared back, and the New Zealand economy wobbles in the expectation of higher Government spending as tax collections start to shift down a gear. The RBNZ said a cut was as likely as a raise in the way they think about their official benchmark.

This shift lower opens up more opportunities for home loan rate cuts by others.

See all banks’ carded, or advertised, home loan interest rates here.

Here is the full snapshot of the fixed-term rates on offer from the key retail banks.

below 80% LVR6 mths 1 yr 18 mth 2 yrs  3 yrs 4 yrs 5 yrs 
as at June 25, 2018%%%%%%%
Kiwibank4.994.19 4.394.855.195.39

In addition to the above table, BNZ has a fixed seven year rate which is 6.15%.

And TSB still has a 10-year fixed rate of 6.20%.

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