interest rates

Markets may be expecting too much of central banks

The third quarter capped the best year-to-date return for the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index since the first nine months of 2002. Although bond prices may continue to advance, we anticipate lower returns may accompany a rise in volatility in coming quarters.

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Fixed mortgage rates fall

While home loan borrowers have been counting the cost of rising variable mortgage rates over the past couple of months, there is good news in the fixed rate segment of the market, where rates are going down. The latest Mozo

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ME loses at-call rate leadership

The long-term interest rate leader in the at-call deposit market, ME, has lost its top rating, after cutting the ongoing bonus rate on its Online Savings Account last month. ME was offering 3.05 per cent (a base rate of 1.3

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BetaShares launches bank bond fund

Fund manager BetaShares has launched a fund that gives investors exposure to floating-rate notes issued by banks, with a pitch to investors that the fund will capture any upside when interest rates start to rise again. The BetaShares Australian Bank

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Interest rates will stay lower for longer

Household debt is at record levels. Mortgage stress is at record levels. Yet interest rates are at a record low. What would happen if interest rates were to rise to historic levels and predictions of 50 per cent of Australian

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Markets may be expecting too much of central banks

The third quarter capped the best year-to-date return for the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index since the first nine months of 2002. Although bond prices may continue to advance, we anticipate lower returns may accompany a rise in volatility in coming quarters.

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