BNZ boost on-call interest rate in savings shake up

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is giving customers more interest, more easily, as it overhauls its savings accounts and simplifies its product range.

BNZ Executive Customer, Product and Services, Dan Huggins, says, “Savings accounts should be straight-forward and easy to understand. Customers shouldn’t need to meet certain criteria to get the maximum interest rate, so we’re doing away with bonus interest requirements and giving it to everyone.

“We are shaking up the savings market and giving all BNZ customers with Rapid Save accounts the full interest rate, including the bonus interest, regardless of whether they increase, maintain, or even decrease their balance,” says Mr. Huggins.

Today, BNZ’s Rapid Save pays a base interest rate of 0.05% p.a. and then a bonus interest rate of 0.10% p.a. if a customer maintains or increases their balance in a bank month, for a total of 0.15% p.a.

From 30 July all customers on the product will receive the full interest amount, currently 0.15% p.a.

Rapid Save has no base fee and one free transaction per bank month. To help customers reach their savings goals, customers can also set nicknames, pictures, and savings targets giving them a visual reminder of their goals and their purpose for saving.

Mr Huggins says BNZ is also taking the opportunity to simplify its product range, withdrawing its other retail savings product, Personal OnCall, which pays 0.05% p.a. regardless of balance.

“We’re simplifying saving by offering only a small set of easy-to-understand, market-leading options. Customers will have a clear choice around the products that best fit their needs,” he says.

Customers with Personal OnCall accounts will be migrated to Rapid Save, or to another product that might suit their needs better, such as BNZ’s zero-fee transactional account YouMoney.

Customers do not need to do anything, BNZ will be in touch with them directly.