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CBA, ANZ, NAB, Westpac ‘playing games’ with customers over rate hikes

Australian money and logos for CBA, ANZ, NAB and Westpac.
CBA, ANZ, NAB and Westpac have been silent after Tuesday's interest rate hike. (Source: Getty)

​​There is still no word from the Big Four banks, Commonwealth Bank (CBA), ANZ, NAB and Westpac, on what they intend to do after Tuesday’s 0.50 per cent hike from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

While this stand-off between the big banks is not unusual, the time taken to make their announcements is getting longer.

In May, three of the four big banks – CBA, Westpac and ANZ – made their rate announcements on the day of the RBA decision, while NAB waited until the following morning.

In August, however, all four big banks waited around two days before making their announcements.

The question is, how long will people wait this month?

Auswide is the only lender on the database to have made its home loan rate announcement so far.

The lender is hiking variable mortgages by 0.50 percentage points for existing customers and up to 0.40 percentage points for new customers from September 20, 2022.

The bank’s savings rates remain under review.

ubank has announced it will be passing on the full hike to its Save account, taking the maximum ongoing savings rate to 3.35 per cent from October 1 2022, according to RateCity.

The bank has not made a home loan announcement.

RateCity research director Sally Tindall said the Big Four were in a staring competition to see who would blink first.

“The banks might be enjoying this game, but customers are not,” Tindall said.

“Around three quarters of Australians bank with one of the Big Four banks, and many of them will be waiting to find out what this means for their home loans and savings accounts.”

Tindall said that since the start of the RBA hikes, CBA had been the first big bank to show its hand after three of the four cash rate meetings, including in May, July and August, while Westpac was the first cab off the rank in June.

“If you’re fed up with playing the waiting game, pick up the phone to your bank, email or tweet them and ask what they intend to do,” she said.

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