Millions of Australians who have stashed money at their local bank branch could soon be earning next to nothing, if the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates as expected.
Key points:

  • The Reserve Bank left the cash rate at 1.5 per cent on Tuesday, but economists predict it will cut the cash rate later this year
  • Financial analysts warn this could see customers end up with no return for their money deposited in banks
  • If another rate cut is passed, it may not be practical for the banks to pass that on to customers, a former ANZ chief economist said

"It's potentially a gigantic issue," CLSA banking analyst Brian Johnson warned.

Despite enormous pressure from financial markets, the Reserve Bank held its nerve on Tuesday and left the cash rate unchanged at the record low level of 1.5 per cent.

But most economists expect it will cut the cash rate this year, probably twice.

Normally when the Reserve Bank cuts the cash rate the banks follow suit by passing that rate cut onto borrowers.

Mr Johnson said that was even more likely now in the wake of the banking royal commission.

"When you think of the politics of where we are right now, I think it would be unrealistic to think that the banks couldn't pass on," he argued.

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