The Reserve Bank is looking closely at bank funding costs to ascertain whether rate rises are justified
A number of lenders have put up fixed rates while attention remains on standard variable rate hikes
The banks are adjusting their interest rates independently of the RBA - creating a business opportunity for brokers.
The RBA has warned that banks must not become lax on lending standards in times when "everything seems rosy"
Australia's economy is showing a "loss of momentum" as growth sits below trend, but the slowdown is unlikely to move the RBA in March
Homeowners are choosing to put off renovations as they deleverage debt and focus on saving