SYDNEY Dec 5 Commonwealth Bank of Australia
, the country's largest mortgage lender, cut its
variable mortgage rate by 20 points, passing on most of a 25
basis point rate cut by the central bank a day earlier.
CBA follows rival National Australia Bank's move to
cut rates by a similar level. Mortgage rates are very sensitive
in Australia, where one-third of the population have a mortgage
and banks are criticised for not passing on the full cut.
A 25 percent basis point cut reduces the monthly repayment
on a A$300,000 ($315,000) loan by about A$50.
($1 = 0.9541 Australian dollars)
(Reporting by Narayanan Somasundaram; Editing by Muralikumar