Fixed rate bonds can be one of the best ways to secure a decent return from your money, but if you really want to secure those growth-generating rates, you'll need to think longer term. Long-term bonds generally offer terms of five or seven years, and while it may seem like a long time to lock away your cash, the returns could be worth it!
These accounts are best suited to those who don't mind losing access to their money for the trade-off of a better rate, and could be ideal for savers who want guaranteed returns, particularly in the current environment. Savings rates are being cut and deals withdrawn at an alarming pace, but happily, fixed rates appear to be bucking the trend, so by fixing now you can be confident that you're getting the best deal possible.
Long-term bonds can also be perfect for those with big purchases planned in the not so distant future - a wedding or a house deposit, for example - but it's important to be aware of the restrictions. You'll rarely be able to withdraw funds before the end of the term, and with few bonds allowing further additions, you'll have to be comfortable with both the level of investment and the term chosen from the outset.
However, if you're confident you won't need the cash for a few years and are ready to secure a decent return, it's time to get searching. To help you on your way, here are the top six long-term bonds of the moment that could help you get more from your money.
This account from Ikano Bank comfortably takes the top spot by paying a market-leading rate of 2.05% to those with a minimum of £1,000 to invest. It allows further additions for a limited period, but as is common in the sector, early access won't be allowed, so you'll need to be confident about locking your final investment away for the full five years.
The second place in the charts has been taken by Masthaven Bank, a relative newcomer to the savings sector, but whose five-year deal has rightly taken the market by storm. It pays a rate of 2.01% - not far from the market leader - from a minimum deposit of £500, and allows further additions for a week after account opening. Withdrawals and early access again won't be allowed, so it'llonly be suitable for those comfortable with a five-year commitment.
Just making the top three is this account from Milestone Savings that pays an expected profit rate of 2.00% from a minimum investment of £10,000. This Sharia'a compliant account doesnt permit further additions or withdrawals, but for those with a decent savings pot who are willing to forego access, it could be a good option.
Next up is this account from Bank of London and the Middle East that pays an expected profit rate of 2.00%, provided you've got a minimum of £25,000 to invest. It's a hefty deposit requirement, but for those happy with the restrictions - both the typical access restrictions and linked account requirements - it could be worth it.
Paragon Bank secures a place in the top five with this five-year deal that pays 1.95% on a minimum investment of £1,000. Fairly unusual in this sector, further additions are permitted for a limited time, but early access won't be possible. Savers must therefore be certain that they're happy with their overall investment and the length of the term.
Just squeezing into the top six is this account from Hampshire Trust Bank, another five-year deal that pays a rate of 1.95% from £1,000. It's a simple, straightforward bond that doesn't allow further additions or withdrawals, but if you're comfortable with that, it could be a viable home for your long-term savings.
Information & Rates correct as at: 22.12.2016
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