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RBA head says no immediate risk to rates

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe insists rising global interest rates have no immediate implications for Australia but has warned they may do over time.

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Household debt remains RBA's main concern

Worries about the state of Australia's housing market, persistent high levels of debt and the high Aussie dollar convinced the Reserve Bank to keep its official interest rate on hold in September, despite improvements in the jobs market.

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Housing market concerns stay RBA on rates

Worries about the state of Australia's housing market, persistent high levels of debt and the high Aussie dollar convinced the Reserve Bank to keep its official interest rate on hold in September, despite improvements in the jobs market.

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Home loans lift ANZ to $1.79b Q3 profit

ANZ has reported a third-quarter cash profit of $1.79 billion, helped by strong growth in owner-occupier mortgage lending.

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RBA worried housing market still too hot

The central bank is losing confidence that Australia's hot property market is cooling enough, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, an economist says.

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RBA advocates patience on rates, wages

Australia's central bank expects to keep the cash rate steady for a while as consumers adjust to an extended period of low wage growth that will cap inflation.

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NAB lifts Q3 profit 5% after rate hikes

National Australia Bank's mortgage rate hikes have helped the lender lift third-quarter cash profit five per cent to $1.7 billion.

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REA flags further housing market slowdown

Revenue in REA Group's Australian arm has soared despite a slowdown in the housing market but the online real-estate advertiser has warned it expects conditions to further decline in 2018.

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Hasty rate hike could spark property crash

The Australian property market is at risk of crashing should the central bank hike rates too soon, an economist has warned.

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PM, treasurer at odds over interest rates

The prime minister and treasurer appear at odds over the direction of interest rates, sending contradictory messages to borrowers.

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Bankwest follows rival banks, raises rates

Bankwest is lifting mortgage rates for interest-only loans, following the lead from the big four banks that already adjusted rates in an attempt to slow down riskier lending.

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Rates fail to dent Melbourne house prices

Melbourne has overtaken Sydney as the country's hottest housing market, with prices rising five per cent over the past month despite increases in interest-only mortgage rates.

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RBA on hold but mortgage rates might rise

Home loan interest rates are expected to continue to rise despite the central bank keeping the official cash rate on hold, some economists say.

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No hint of hikes as RBA remains on hold

The Reserve Bank remains firmly perched on the fence, leaving the official cash rate unchanged at a record low for an eleventh straight month.

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Bendigo Bank hikes interest-only rates

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is raising rates on interest-only mortgages, following similar moves by the major lenders.

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Borrowers get worrying warning on rates

The views of a former Reserve Bank board member on the interest rate outlook might have been dismissed as "extreme" and "nonsense", but they sent a shiver down the spine of borrowers.

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CBA moves rates in line with rival banks

 Commonwealth Bank has followed its peers by raising its variable rates for interest-only mortgages, becoming the last of the big four banks to adjust its rates mix in an attempt to slow down riskier lending.

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RBA chief sees 'half-glass full' outlook

 It doesn't look like Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe and the central bank board are about to push for another interest rate cut.

Lowe told a conference this week he was a 'half glass full' kind of guy and that there's a lot to be positive about when it comes to the economic outlook.

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NAB hikes interest-only mortgage rates

 

National Australia Bank has followed its peers by raising its variable rates for interest-only mortgages in a bid to slow down riskier lending.

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Rate rises driving late mortgage payments

Interest rate rises are partly to blame for more Aussies falling behind on their mortgage repayments, according to a leading ratings agency.

The number of home owners more than 30 days behind on their repayments grew from 1.16 per cent March to 1.21 per cent in April, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday.

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