Positive data signals end of rate-cutting cycle

The RBA leaves rates on hold as economy goes from strength to strength

Strong employment and inflation data has encouraged the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave the official cash rate on hold at 2.5%.  

Local Mortgage Choice mortgage broker Melissa Jackson said the Australian economy continues to go from strength to strength, removing the need for further rate cuts this year.

“Last month, the unemployment rate fell 0.1% to 5.6%, while the Consumer Price Index increased by 1.2% over the September quarter, taking the annual inflation rate to 2.2% - within the Reserve Bank’s target range,” she said.   

“Furthermore, the NAB Monthly Business Survey found business confidence strengthened considerably in September – hitting its highest level in three and a half years.

“This positive data shows the Australian economy is performing very well at the current time, so it was unsurprising to see the Reserve Bank leave the cash rate untouched at the historically low level of 2.5%.”  

Melissa said with interest rates continuing to hover around record lows, now is a great time for Australians to consider jumping onto the property ladder or review their current home loan.  

“If you are considering purchasing a home in the near future, now may be a good time to capitalise on the current state of the market – before rates and property prices rise further,” she said.  

“Alternatively, if you already have a property, now could be a good time to review your current home loan and check to make sure you are still in the right product for your needs.”  

If you want to learn more about your home loan options, call Melissa and the team at Mortgage Choice in Brisbane North on 0405 315 227, or log onto www.mortgagechoice.com.au/melissajackson. 

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:  

Melissa Jackson

Mortgage Choice

0405 315 227



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This article is for general information purposes only. It has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on the information, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances.

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Mortgage Choice has sourced a home loan for well over 350,000 people since 1992. It works with all manner of property finance borrowers via hundreds of franchises.  

The company writes one home loan every 15 minutes in Australia by providing professional guidance on, and choice of, products offered by an extensive panel of leading lenders. Many of its brokers provide a broader service, helping customers source commercial and personal loans, asset finance, deposit bonds and providing referrals for risk and general insurances.  

Uniquely, Mortgage Choice pays its franchisees the same commission rate for home loans they write, regardless of rate paid by the lender a new customer selects, working in the customer’s best interests to tailor a solution to them.

To cater to the growing needs of our customers, Mortgage Choice soft-launched in October 2012 its new financial planning business. Mortgage Choice Financial Planning will officially launch in FY14.  

The company has no balance sheet or funding risk, and consistently delivers strong profits and attractive yields. It listed on the ASX in 2004 (MOC) and is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).  

Recent recognition: 2013, 2012, 2011 Australian Broking Awards Major Brokerage of the Year – Franchise; 2013, 2012 Australian Broking Awards Best Ethical/Social Responsibility Program; 2012 Australian Broking Awards Best Training and Education;  

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