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Banks Target Savers With Fixed Rate Savings Bonds

Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts Sep 17, 2009 - 07:12 AM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

Personal_Finance

Banks and building societies are continuing to target savers willing to lock their money away in a fixed rate bond, a move that appears to be paying off.


Latest Moneyfacts.co.uk data shows that in August, 37pc of savers were looking for a fixed rate account, up from 29pc at the start of the year. By comparison, those looking for easy access declined from 32pc to 27pc.

The highest rates continue to be offered on bonds with a five year term, but Moneyfacts figures show that 78% of those searching for fixed rate bonds are looking for no more than a two year commitment.

Average bond rates

Michelle Slade, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk commented:

“Providers are choosing more than ever before to use their savings book over the money markets to fund their lending activities.

“Savers prepared to lock their money away can find top rates as much as 2% higher than those available on an easy access account.

“Despite the highest rates being offered for a four or five year commitment, savers don’t appear to be tempted.

“Savers are concerned that once bank base rate increases, their money will be locked into an account which will be uncompetitive in the future.

“Those providers that really want to tempt savers money are offering top rates for a one or two year commitment.

“Access to funds appears to have become less important in this low interest rate environment as savers look at alternative options to maximise the returns on their money.”

Regards

Michelle

www.moneyfacts.co.uk - The Money Search Engine

Moneyfacts.co.uk is the UK's leading independent provider of personal finance information. For the last 20 years, Moneyfacts' information has been the key driver behind many personal finance decisions, from the Treasury to the high street.


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