Heritage Bank has announced it will increase interest rates on its variable home loans by 0.50%, following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) latest decision to increase the Official Cash Rate by 0.50%. Heritage will also increase all variable Business Banking loan interest rates by 0.50%. These changes will take effect from Wednesday, 17 August, 2022. With the increase to the cash rate adding to the growing pressure on Heritage’s funding costs, it has become necessary to pass on the rate rise.
Heritage Bank will increase interest rates on its variable home loans by 0.50%, following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to increase the Official Cash Rate by the same amount. With the increase to the cash rate adding to the growing pressure on Heritage’s funding costs, it has become necessary to pass on the rate rise.
Why does Heritage make interest rate changes?
At Heritage, what motivates us isn’t how much profit we can make, it’s about making people’s lives better. As a customer-owned bank, none of our profits are paid out to shareholders like the big listed banks. We only aim to make a modest profit each year and then reinvest those funds into providing better products and services to all members.
As promised in our Member Charter, we're committed to providing products, services and pricing that meet our member's banking needs in a sustainable way. That's why pricing changes happen across all our products - to maintain the interests for both our depositors and borrowers, and ensure the sustainability of Heritage Bank.
How do I calculate what this interest rate change means for me?
When an interest rate changes on your Heritage Bank loan, your new repayment will be calculated and can be viewed in your account details online. If you'd like to calculate what an interest rate change means for your finances now, we have two online calculators that can help you.
Where do I view my current interest rate?
For Home Loan, Business Loan, Personal Loan and Credit Card accounts, your current interest rate is available when viewing your account details in Heritage Online on a mobile browser or desktop computer. If you have a term deposit, you can view your interest rate in View Term Deposit Details.
For savings and transaction account interest rates, current interest rates are available on our account interest rates page online.
What is a basis point?
When it comes to interest rate changes, you may have heard the term basis point used. Basis points (bps) refers to a common unit of measure for interest rates and other percentages in finance. One basis point is equal to 1/100th of 1%, or 0.01%, or 0.0001. It is used to denote the percentage change in a deposit or loan product. For example, an increase of 0.50% on your home loan interest rates, is an increase of 50 basis points.
What do I do if I'm having difficulty meeting my financial commitments?
We understand that life can take unexpected turns. For this reason, we have developed policies and processes to assist members with their mortgage loans, personal loans and credit cards in times of financial hardship. If you are having difficulty meeting your financial commitments please contact our Member Assist department. If you'd like to talk to one of our team for a general financial health check, call our contact centre on 13 14 22 or talk to your local branch.
We're committed to helping our customers through good times, and times of hardship, with genuine service and support.
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