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Aussies paying down loans faster than ever

Households are continuing to pay their home loans back rapidly, in part by keeping repayments steady as interest rates fall.

The RBA estimated that mortgage buffers – that is, balances in mortgage offset and redraw facilities – were equivalent to around 14 per cent of the outstanding stock of housing loans.
This is up from the more than 10 per cent of outstanding stock of housing loans the RBA estimated in September 2012.

The RBA noted that “households have also been paying off credit card debt [with] net repayments on personal credit and charge cards [being] above average in recent years [while] balances on personal credit cards have also slightly declined since mid-2012.”

Source: Banking Day

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