Term deposit rates getting closer to normal

  • Term deposit rates are getting back to more normal levels where they have averaged over the past 10-20 years.
  • However, inflation has lifted by far more than term deposit rates over the past year, and in doing so continues the challenge for savers trying to get their money in the right place. 
  • ASB Economics expect to see some more increases in term deposit interest rates over the year ahead, but do not expect rates to return to the higher levels seen over the past 10-20 years.

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Chris Tennent-Brown

ASB Wealth Senior Economist

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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