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In a post-financial crisis world, is there a 'new normal'?
Analysis
Analysis

In a post-financial crisis world, is there a 'new normal'?

It's an academic debate with real world consequences. The future of interest rates and economies might hinge on the answer.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz

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How to cope with interest rate rises
Opinion
Opinion

How to cope with interest rate rises

Not paying off an investment loan makes excellent sense when there’s also an owner-occupied home loan in existence.

  • by Daryl Dixon
Why the banks will ignore customer anger and match Westpac’s rate rise
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Opinion

Why the banks will ignore customer anger and match Westpac’s rate rise

Punishing wrongdoers won't fix our problem with banking

  • by Ross Gittins
How the big four banks work out the best day to raise interest rates
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Opinion

How the big four banks work out the best day to raise interest rates

It was no coincidence that Westpac chose a Wednesday to lift its interest rates, now all eyes are on when its rivals will move.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Jennifer feels 'really ripped-off' after mortgage rate hike
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Jennifer feels 'really ripped-off' after mortgage rate hike

The big banks are likely to follow the move by Westpac this week to increase its variable interest mortgage rate.

  • by John Collett
Major banks could get $1b boost from copying Westpac's rate hike
Big four

Major banks could get $1b boost from copying Westpac's rate hike

The big four banks stand to lift their combined profits by about $1 billion if they all match Westpac's hike in homeloan rates.

  • by Clancy Yeates
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Westpac signals the end of ultra-cheap homeloans
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Westpac signals the end of ultra-cheap homeloans

Westpac's decision to raise its mortgage rates will be emulated by the other major banks. It's the beginning of a new rate cycle, not the end.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Rates seen steady for now as RBA targets stability
RBA

Rates seen steady for now as RBA targets stability

The RBA agreed the next rate move would likely be an increase, but stressed that staying at 1.5 per cent would help reduce the jobless rate and lift wage growth over time.

  • by Swati Pandey & Wayne Cole
Low inflation means there's no case for 'near term' rate hikes: RBA
RBA

Low inflation means there's no case for 'near term' rate hikes: RBA

Official interest rates are unlikely to rise anytime soon, the Reserve Bank said, as it forecast inflation at the low end of its target range until at least 2020.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Debt worries, falling house prices keep rates at record-low 1.5%

Debt worries, falling house prices keep rates at record-low 1.5%

Tuesday's decision marks two years since Australia went through a rate change.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Fed leaves key rate unchanged with US economy growing at 'strong rate'

Fed leaves key rate unchanged with US economy growing at 'strong rate'

Federal Reserve officials are sticking with a plan to gradually lift borrowing costs amid "strong" growth that backs bets for a move in September.

  • by Craig Torres