Sub prime crisis good news for UK savers

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It seems we'd rather spend on a sunny day, than save for a rainy one.

sub prime crisis good news for uk savers

Sub prime crisis good news for UK savers

A number of banks have unexpectedly increased their fixed term savings products by as much as 0.55% today, and it’s all thanks to the sub prime mortgage crisis taking place across the pond.
 
Derbyshire Building Society hiked their one-year fixed rate bond from 6.3% to an impressive 6.85%, while Northern Rock upped their one-year product by 0.31% to 6.71%.

While it usually takes an unwelcome base rate hike to force stingy banks into offering more attractive rates, money search engine Moneyfacts says today’s increase is down to the fact they are desperate to bring money in.

 Institution Term Account New rate Old rate
 Derbyshire BS One year Fixed rate bond 152 6.85% 6.30%
 West Bromwich BS One year E bond 11 6.75% NA new product
 Northern Rock One year Fixed rate bond 292 6.71% 6.40%
 Heritable bank Two year Fixed rate bond 20 6.70% 6.36%
 Heritable bank Three year Fixed rate bond 30 6.65% 6.26%

One man’s meat is another’s poison
“With money markets in a volatile state on the back of the US sub-prime mortgage crisis, it is not surprising to see savings rates being increased, in an attempt to bring funds in via their front doors, rather than resorting to traditional methods,” says Moneyfacts news and press head Andrew Hagger.

“With rates being increased by up to 0.55% in some cases, it is an excellent opportunity for savers to bag themselves a great fixed rate savings deal, as institutions battle to bring in additional funds to help them during these difficult times.”

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And while these rates hikes are welcome, they will mean nothing if we don’t take advantage of them. Sadly, we’re doing exactly the opposite at the moment, filtering on average £400 from our savings accounts in the last three months alone.

According to Birmingham Midshires, over-55s are the worst offenders, filtering more than four times the amount of the under 30s (£682 compared to £151). Almost a quarter (23%) of this group used the money to fund their holiday.

It seems we’d rather spend on a sunny day, than save for a rainy one.

“While homeowners are feeling the pressures following Bank of England rate decisions, there has never been a better time for people to put away their money,” says Birmingham Midshires savings operations director Jason Robinson.

“Interest rates at a six year high mean great returns for savers, whatever amount you can afford to put away.”

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 Reason British average 25-34 year olds 35-44 year olds 45-54 year olds 55+
 Overspending on current a/c 25 37 37 25 18
 Holiday or w/e brreak 21 18 19 24 23
 Emergency car/home repairs 18 15 20 16 23
 Unexpected bills 14 13 17 10 14
 Gifts, treats or luxuries 11 14 10 9 8

UK Savers & Equity Release

What Is Equity Release?

Equity release is the use of financial arrangements that provide the owner of a house, or other property, with funds derived from the value of the property while enabling them to continue using it.

How Does Equity Release Work?

Equity release is aimed at homeowners aged 55 and over. It allows you to take some of the value of your home as cash.

Equity Release as a form of Savings

Over 55, own your own home, but struggling for cash/want a more comfortable retirement? The easy solution, according to the adverts at least, is to equity-release. While rates are the cheapest they’ve been in years, equity release itself is still an expensive and risky way to raise cash. In this guide I’ll run you through the key points you need to consider.

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