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Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts Sep 09, 2007 - 12:59 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Personal_Finance The tables have been turned on the UK banks! Despite NO interest rate rise since July 07 financial institutions are falling over themselves to entice savers into depositing funds in both short-term and fixed rate savings accounts. Which gives UK savers a golden opportunity to take advantage of the current weakness in the banking system and lock in excellent rates before they evaporate.


The reason for the current situation has been the ongoing credit crunch which has meant that the traditional interbank liquidity markets have dried up as banks seek to reduce market risks. The Market Oracle has been writing about the impending credit crunch for close to a year now, right from the dawn of the US Housing bust that implied a credit squeeze would be unleashed onto the financial markets, without repeating the dynamics of the credit crunch, you may find the articles listed at the end useful.

Selection of Fixed Rate Savings Accounts

Financial Institution Account Fix / Instant Interest rate Comments
DerbyShire Fixed Rate Bond 1 Year 6.85% Prev 6.30%
Halifax Halifax Guaranteed Reserve 6 months 6.40% Get 6.61% for over £25k Saved.
Halifax Web Saver - Fixed 6 months 6.71% Two months ago the rate was 6.30%
Heritable Bank Fixed Rate 2 Years 6.70%  
Ruffler Bank Fixed rate Bond 2 Year 6.62% Expect better rates than these soon.
West Brom BS E-Bond 1 Year 6.86% Do not confuse with their Fixed Rate Bonds

 

When considering depositing into savings accounts, remember that it is entirely possible that at the worst point of the current financial storm that some banks may even go bust, especially those with the greatest exposure to the mortgage market and subprime toxic waste. The problem is we don't know exactly who will be hit the hardest until Mid 2008, but those with large subprime mortgage books are riskier propositions as they can expect to have a greater number of defaults, and in that light to ensure that your savings in any particular bank are no greater than that which are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS protection is currently 100% of the first £2000, and 90% of the next £33000. Which effectively means the maximum protection is for £31,700 on savings of £35,000. Therefore £35,000 should be the maximum deposited with any UK financial institution.

More articles on the credit crunch

By Nadeem Walayat
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