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Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts Aug 02, 2008 - 11:54 PM GMT

By: Shahla_Walayat

Personal_Finance Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDespite three interest rate cuts, UK fixed rates rose over the summer months to above 7% as cash starved banks, sought to get as much cash in through the doors as possible after failing to obtain credit on the money markets and rejected by the capital markets as evidenced by rights issue failures that prompted emergency action by arm twisting of the big banks to step in and buy up unsold stocks such as that of Bradford and Bingley.


However fixed rates are starting to nudge lower again as the pace of economic slowdown towards a possible 2009 recession gathers pace, thus implying lower interest rates in the future and hence lower fixed interest rates now well in advance of UK base interest rate cuts.

But there still exists a rapidly closing window to lock in excellent fix rates above 7%:

Financial Institution Interest Rate Fixed Period Minimum £ Comments
ICICI 7.20% 1 year £1,000 HiSAVE Fixed Rate - Indian bank - 7% for longer fixes (without early withdrawal) . The bank is registered with the FSA. Customer service is reported to be very poor.
FirstSave 7.10% 1 year £1,000 Can fix for 1 to 3 years. - Part of First Bank of Nigeria Plc. The bank is signed up to the Banking Code and registered with the FSA.
Icesave 7.06% 1 year £1,000 Can fix for 1 to 2 years. - Icelandic bank, press voice credit crunch problems which means it would be more complicated to get your money back if the bank went bust as Euros 20k from Iceland, and balance of the 35k from UK.
Anglo Irish Bank 7.06% 1 year £500 9 month bond is 7%,
Bradford & Bingley 7.0% 1 year £1,000 Also pays 7% on 2,3 year bonds. Only one problem, Bradford and Bingley could be the next Northern Rock !
Cahoot 7.0% 1 year £1,000 Available until 31st Aug 08 or earlier if fully subscribed.

 

Current Level of protection for savers is upto 100% of the first £35k per banking group, therefore savers at this point should ensure they do not invest more than £35k with any single banking group. The government proposes to raise this to £50k.

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Shahla_Walayat
15 Oct 08, 05:57
foreign banks

See article of 12th October in the light of the bankruptcy of Iceland and foreign banks

Banks to Avoid as Iceland Goes Bankrupt with £10 billion of UK Deposits

SW.


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