has become the third major bank to increase variable rates on owner-occupied and investment home loans.
Following moves from Westpac and CBA
, the major bank has announced it will increase the interest rate on all new and existing variable rate home loans by 0.17% to 5.60%, effective Thursday, 12 November 2015.
Like the announcements from Westpac and CBA
’s announcement says it is responding to market conditions, as well as regulatory changes that require NAB
to increase the amount of capital applied to residential mortgages.
“There are a range of factors that come into consideration in interest rate decisions. The home loan market is dynamic, with multiple changes being seen across the industry,” NAB
group executive for personal banking Gavin Slater said.
“Regulatory changes on capital requirements also increase the costs associated with providing home loans. In May this year, NAB
took early steps to strengthen our capital position by raising $5.5 billion to begin to address expected changes in capital requirements.
“Today’s decision has not been easy, but we believe this is right decision for the long term. We know we have to balance the interests of our customers with the needs of our more than 550,000 shareholders.
“Interest rates are at historically low levels and NAB
remains committed to providing a competitive proposition for our customers.
“We appreciate that price is important, but we also know that customers want us to provide the right help and advice, the right products, and deliver innovative digital capability.”
However, according to the major bank, there are no changes to fixed rates, with NAB
having cut its two, three and four-year fixed home loan rates earlier this year.