Third major bank hikes rates

Another big four bank has today announced that it will increase its variable home loan rates.

National Australia Bank (NAB) today announced it will increase the interest rate on all new and existing variable rate home loans by 0.17 per cent to 5.60 per cent, effective Thursday, 12 November 2015.

NAB said today’s announcement responds to market conditions, as well as regulatory changes that require the bank to increase the amount of capital applied to residential mortgages.

NAB group executive for personal banking Gavin Slater said NAB had carefully considered the decision to raise interest rates.

“There are a range of factors that come into consideration in interest rate decisions. The home loan market is dynamic, with multiple changes being seen across the industry,” Mr Slater said.

“Regulatory changes on capital requirements also increase the costs associated with providing home loans. In May this year, NAB took early steps to strengthen our capital position by raising $5.5 billion to begin to address expected changes in capital requirements.

“Today’s decision has not been easy, but we believe this is right decision for the long term. We know we have to balance the interests of our customers with the needs of our more than 550,000 shareholders.

“Interest rates are at historically low levels and NAB remains committed to providing a competitive proposition for our customers.

“We appreciate that price is important, but we also know that customers want us to provide the right help and advice, the right products, and deliver innovative digital capability.”

There are no changes to fixed rates, with NAB having cut its two, three and four-year fixed home loan rates earlier this year.

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