- More than one quarter of Kiwis living payday to payday
- Only 1 in 10 have changed accounts to save on fees or interest
- Average at-call savings account interest rate only 1.43%
A Canstar Blue survey of just over 2,400 New Zealand adults has found that a worrying 27 percent admit to living payday to payday – but only 11 percent have tried to save money on their standard financial products.
Savings account interest rates
“In our current low interest rate environment every extra dollar of interest we earn or every extra dollar that we don’t pay out in bank fees is a help,” said Canstar General Manager – New Zealand, Jose George.
Currently on the canstar.co.nz database, interest rates on at-call online saver accounts range from 0.05% up to3.00%, and bonus saver account interest rates also range up to 3.00%.
|Online Savings Accounts|
|Heartland Bank||Direct Call Account||3.00%|
|Heartland Bank||Savings Optimiser||2.60%|
|NZCU Baywide||Online Saver||2.50%|
|TSB Bank||Horizon Account||2.10%|
|TSB Bank||Websaver Account||2.10%|
Rates as at the 20/06/2016 on a $25,000 balance. Products on Canstar.co.nz database
|Bonus Savings Accounts|
|Institution||Product||Base Rate||Total Rate|
|SBS Bank||Incentive Saver||0.15%||3.00%|
|ASB Bank||Savings Plus||0.50%||2.90%|
|The Co-operative Bank||Step Saver||0.25%||2.85%|
|Westpac||Online Bonus Saver||0.05%||2.75%|
Rates as at the 20/06/2016 on a $25,000 balance. Products on Canstar.co.nz database. Terms and conditions apply
Everyday banking account fees
For the 27 percent of Kiwis living day to day and without significant savings, the fees charged on everyday banking accounts are a more likely source of potential savings – and if you’re paying fees on your savings account by using the account inappropriately, you should stop immediately!
Canstar’s research has found the following minimum, maximum and average fees on both at-call savings accounts and transaction accounts:
|Transaction Fees on Deposit Accounts: Savings vs. Everyday Banking|
|Point of Sale||Branch Withdrawal||ATM Withdrawal own network||ATM Withdrawal other network||Internet Transfer|
|Standard At-Call Savings Accounts||$2.59||$2.26||$2.35||$2.41||$0.29|
|Everyday Banking Accounts||$0.17||$1.05||$0.20||$1.06||$0.09|
|Standard At-Call Savings Accounts||$1.00||$0.00||$1.00||$1.00||$0.00|
|Everyday Banking Accounts||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.45||$0.00|
|Standard At-Call Savings Accounts||$5.00||$5.00||$5.00||$5.00||$5.00|
|Everyday Banking Accounts||$0.50||$3.00||$0.75||$1.70||$0.45|
|Source: www.canstar.co.nz. Based on products assessed for Canstar 2016 Star Ratings|
“It’s obvious from the above figures that everyday banking accounts charge lower fees for making transactions, while savings accounts will charge much higher fees to make the same transactions as a way of deterring you from withdrawing money,” said Mr George.
“You should ensure that the account you’re using for transactions is indeed set up as an everyday banking account!
“There is also a significant difference in account fees between transaction accounts, so if you are one of the 90 percent that hasn’t compared costs of your financial products, now is a good time to do so.”
Looking for the best value
The majority of Kiwis surely want the best value from their everyday banking and savings accounts; Caanstar has just released its annual Savings and Everyday Banking Account Star Ratings, analysing 54 savings and everyday banking accounts across 11 financial institutions. The following institutions have achieved a 5 star rating:
An account that provides full online functionality, ATM access and EFTPOS. Canstar assumes that customers using this account type have no need for branch access.
Full Service Transactor
This type of account offers ATM access and EFTPOS as well as online functionality, but also provides branch access. Canstar assumes that customers using this account type continue to bank through a branch and via phone
This type of account offers an at-call interest rate with no conditions attached. To be eligible the current base rate must be greater than 0.50% at $25,000.
- Heartland bank
- NZCU Baywide
This type of account also offers at-call functionality. Bonus interest is paid if customers achieve certain conditions (for example, a regular monthly deposit with no withdrawals). To be eligible the current total rate must be greater than 0.50% at $10,000.
- Heartland Bank
- NZCU Baywide
“The days of high interest rates for savers are well and truly gone – the challenge is staying ahead of inflation and reducing costs,” said Mr George.
“There is a difference between products on offer and we congratulate the institutions that are offering outstanding value to New Zealanders.”
Consumers can download the Canstar Savings & Everyday Banking Star Ratings at www.canstar.co.nz
For further information, contact:
Brenda Newth, SenateSHJ +021 655 534
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