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New term deposit rates from AMP, Bank of Sydney

Published 01/03/2024, 05:08 pm
Updated 09/07/2023, 08:32 pm

AMP, Bank of Sydney and Challenger Bank were among the providers that altered term deposit rates this week.

Not much has changed since last week in terms of the long term outlook for the RBA cash rate: the ABS released the monthly CPI inflation indicator for January earlier in the week, but Michele Bullock and the board will likely wait for the more substantial quarterly data to draw any substantial conclusion.

The likeliest outcome continues to look like a prolonged period with rates steady at 4.35%, before cuts begin towards the end of the year.

While this still isn't guaranteed (every time Michele Bullock speaks she makes it clear these outcomes are dependant on the incoming data), there is a bit less uncertainty than there has been in previous months.

This makes it unlikely Australia will see a return to the highs of mid last year where term deposit rates cracked 5.5% p.a, but there will still likely be some rate increases as providers make moves to grab market share in a more stable enviroment.

This week for example saw AMP, Bank of Sydney, Qudos and Challenger Bank all increase some term deposit rates, with Challenger drawing level with the market leading one year rate.

AMP vary rates up to 50 bps

Term length Deposit size Payment frequency Interest rate (Percentage point change)
Six months $25,000-$10,000,000 End of term 4.80% p.a (-0.20)
Nine months $25,000-$10,000,000 End of term 4.75% p.a (-0.20)
13 months $25,000-$10,000,000 End of term 4.70% p.a (+0.50)

AMP Bank is the latest to draw back from the 5% p.a threshold, with a 4.80% p.a return available on six and seven month products now the highest available.

Six months have larger returns than longer terms, likely a reflection of the general expectation rates will start to go down by the end of 2024.

At AMP, these products are available at a slightly discounted rate for smaller deposit sizes, as well as more regular interest payments.

Bank of Sydney boost rates up to 15 bps

Term length Deposit size Payment frequency Interest rate (Percentage point change)
Six months $1,000-$1,000,000 End of term 5.10% p.a (+0.15)
Nine months $1,000-$1,000,000 End of term 5.10% p.a (+0.10)

Bank of Sydney gave term deposit fans a bit of good news this week, boosting rates on both six and nine month terms to return well above 5%.

For both, Bank of Sydney is now ten points behind the market leaders, Gateway Bank for six months and G&C Mutual for nine.

Qudos Bank vary rates up to 20 bps

Term length Deposit size Payment frequency Interest rate (Percentage point change)
Three months $2,000-$99,999,999 End of term 4.50% p.a (+0.10)
Six months $5,000-$99,999,999 End of term 4.85% p.a (+0.15)
Nine months $5,000-$99,999,999 End of term 4.90% p.a (+0.15)
One year $5,000-$99,999,999 End of term 5.00% p.a (-0.20)

Most term deposit rates at Qudos received a boost this week, with six and nine month terms getting nearer to a rate starting with a 5.

The headline though was a 20 basis point cut to its one year term, which was previously level with the market leaders at 5.20% p.a.

For one year terms, G&C Mutual Bank is now out on its own as the highest available rate in the nation, per savings.com.au's market research.

Challenger Bank vary rates up to 15 bps

Term length Deposit size Payment frequency Interest rate (Percentage point change)
Six months $5,000-$1,000,000 End of term 5.05% p.a (-0.15)
One year $5,000-$1,000,000 End of term 5.20% p.a (+0.05)

Challenger Bank changed up its strategy this week, simultaneously relinquishing its market leader status for six months and claiming it for one year.

It's a noticeable contrast to the likes of AMP and Bank of Sydney, where shorter terms (six months for example) have higher returns than one year, likely because of cash rate expectations.

Challenger Bank might see these developments as an opportunity to claim a substantial portion of the market share for one year terms, as others ease off.

Other movers

  • Hume Bank, Heritage Bank, People's Choice and Beyond Bank all cut rates up to 10 bps
  • Australian Mutual Bank cut rates up to 50 bps

Want to earn a fixed interest rate on your cash? The table below features term deposits with some of the highest interest rates on the market for a six-month term.

"New term deposit rates from AMP, Bank of Sydney" was originally published on Savings.com.au and was republished with permission.

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