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# 18931 30-Jan-2008 09:07
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Just checking around and seems like kiwibank has the lowest rate? Other banks rate is 8.95 while kiwibank is 8.75 for 5 years fixed.

Also what's up with the doom and gloom prediction in the media? Really worrying :(

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  # 107514 30-Jan-2008 09:54
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Yeah, see this newspaper story from a week ago: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4368732a13.html

Story:
The reduction from 8.85 per cent runs against the recent trend to increase rates as the effects of the global credit crisis hit shorter-term wholesale funding.

The state-owned bank is now undercutting the large Australian-owned banks by 0.4 per cent.

Kiwibank has also held its two-year fixed rate, favoured by most borrowers, at 9.35 per cent, while all other banks have increased them this month to 9.6 per cent.

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The cost of wholesale funding for longer term lending had been trending down in recent days, Mr Knowles said.





 

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  # 107554 30-Jan-2008 15:13
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If you want to compare interest rates across a range of organisations, have a look at:
www.interest.co.nz
www.goodreturns.co.nz

I particularly like the Good Returns site, because it includes a facility to graph interest rates from multiple lenders over several years.  This lets you see the general relationships between lenders, rather than just the current rates.  For example:
Mortgage rate

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