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Personal_Finance / ISA's Jan 17, 2012 - 06:34 AM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

Personal_Finance

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell during December from 4.8% to 4.2%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.25% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 7.00%.


Today there just eight standard savings account that taxpayers can choose to negate the effects of tax and inflation and these are all fixed rate ISAs.

The effect of inflation on savings means that £10,000 invested five years ago, allowing for average interest and tax at 20 per cent, would have the spending power of just £9,213 today.

Sylvia Waycot, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“The wheels of UK finance would shudder to a stop without the nation’s savers and yet they still see little reward for their investment.

“The few accounts with headline rates are often brief introductory offers making savers need as many heads as Medusa, just to keep abreast of fluctuating savings rates.

“Today’s rate of inflation means hundreds of thousands of savers need an account paying an hefty 5.25% before they earn a real rate of return on their savings and yet the average no notice savings account only pays a miserly 0.91%.

“This means more and more people are falling into ‘the eroding spending power trap’ which has already wiped nearly £800 off the spending power of £10,000 in just five years.

“Over the previous 12 months the number of savings accounts that beat inflation for basic rate taxpayers has dropped successively from a not very exciting 22 to only eight, which leaves savers feeling desperate.”

Fixed Term Cash ISAs - Gross Rates

Company

Account

Notice

Rate £5.34k

Interest
Paid

Min
Inv.

Transfer
Out Penalty

Notes

Governor Money

Bank of Ireland UK - 5 Year Fixed Rate ISA

30.01.17

4.50%

Yearly

£100

Breakage fee.

Earlier access on closure only subject to breakage fee. 0.50% paid until term starts on 30.1.12.

Clydesdale Bank

Cash ISA - Fixed Rate Bond (Issue 14)

29.01.16

4.40%

Yearly

£2000

Up to 180 day loss (min £30).

Earlier access on closure only subject to a penalty (min £30) based on term remaining: 1-91 days - 45 day loss, 92-181 days - 90 days loss, 182-273 days - 135 day loss, over 273 days - 180 day loss.

Yorkshire Bank

Cash ISA - Fixed Rate Bond (Issue 14)

29.01.16

4.40%

Yearly

£2000

Up to 180 day loss (min £30).

Earlier access on closure only subject to a penalty (min £30) based on term remaining: 1-91 days - 45 day loss, 92-181 days - 90 days loss, 182-273 days - 135 day loss, over 273 days - 180 day loss.

Halifax

ISA Saver Fixed

5 Year Bond

4.40%

Anniversary

£500

365 day loss.

Earlier access on closure only on 365 day loss of interest. Can apply online.

krbs

Flexible Fixed Rate ISA Five Year Issue 1

5 Year Bond

4.35%

Yearly

£1000

180 day loss.

Earlier access on 180 day loss of interest.

Halifax

ISA Saver Fixed

4 Year Bond

4.30%

Anniversary

£500

320 day loss.

Earlier access on closure only on 320 day loss of interest. Can apply online.

BM Savings

5 Year Fixed Rate ISA

5 Year Bond

4.25%

Anniversary

£500

Up to 365 day loss.

Earlier access subject to loss of interest: Year 1 - 365 days, Year 2 - 320 days, Year 3 - 270 days, Year 4 - 180 days, Year 5 - 90 days.

Governor Money

Bank of Ireland UK - 4 Year Fixed Rate ISA

29.01.16

4.20%

Yearly

£100

Breakage fee.

Earlier access on closure only subject to breakage fee. 0.50% paid until term starts on 30.1.12.

Source: Moneyfacts Correct as at 17.1.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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