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Low interest rates – another headwind for the banks

 

Low interest rates – another headwind for the banks

In this week’s video insight Stuart identifies the impact low interest rates have on the banks. On the back of three successive 25 basis point cuts to the RBA’s official overnight rate, the major banks have reduced their standard variable mortgage rates by a cumulative 55 to 59 basis points over the same period. The problem is that as the RBA reduces the official rate, more and more of the banks transaction deposit base is paying zero or negligible rates of interest.

The Montgomery Private Fund owns shares in National Australia Bank. This post was prepared 15 October with the information we have today, and our view may change. It does not constitute formal advice or professional investment advice. If you wish to trade National Australia Bank you should seek financial advice.

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Stuart is the Portfolio Manager of The Montgomery [Private] Fund. Stuart joined Montgomery in 2015 after spending 19 years in research roles with JP Morgan in Australia and in New York. Stuart was appointed Executive Director at JP Morgan in 2005 and for 8 years was Deputy Head of Research. Prior to this he worked as an analyst in the Australian Equities team at Bankers Trust Asset Management for 3 years. Stuart is a CFA® charterholder.

This post was contributed by a representative of Montgomery Investment Management Pty Limited (AFSL No. 354564). The principal purpose of this post is to provide factual information and not provide financial product advice. Additionally, the information provided is not intended to provide any recommendation or opinion about any financial product. Any commentary and statements of opinion however may contain general advice only that is prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial circumstances or needs. Because of this, before acting on any of the information provided, you should always consider its appropriateness in light of your personal objectives, financial circumstances and needs and should consider seeking independent advice from a financial advisor if necessary before making any decisions. This post specifically excludes personal advice.

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