Home Loan Rate Report: How low can they go?

  • The RBNZ cut Official Cash Rate (OCR) to a record low 1.5% in May, and could cut it again over the year ahead.
  • Carded interest rates for shorter term mortgages have generally dipped this year, and could ease further.
  • Borrowers can lock in very low interest rates now, and should still plan to deal with higher interest rate costs over the long run.

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Chris Tennent-Brown

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Chris has worked as an economist for ASB and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney since 2005. His work has involved monitoring and forecasting trends in the New Zealand economy, with a focus on drawing implications for financial markets and investments. Chris is passionate about savings issues, and much of his current work is focussed on broadening peoples understanding of investments. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University, majoring in Economics, and prior to joining ASB worked in the funds management industry for Bankers Trust and BT Funds Management. With over 20 years' experience in finance, Chris has also spent several years farming, and was a New Zealand representative cyclist. When not at work, Chris likes to travel, cycle, and spend time with his family and numerous pets.

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