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Savings accounts to beat the base rate

Savings accounts to beat the base rate

Category: Savings

Updated: 09/06/2011
First Published: 09/06/2011

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While savings rates may appear low, they are not as low as we would normally expect for a bank base rate of 0.50%.

In fact the margin between savings rates and Bank of England base rate is at the widest level it has ever been.

As we move forward and bank base rate rises, it is likely that providers may only pass on a fraction of the rise in an attempt to reduce this margin.

If savers want to ensure any future increases are passed on in full, then they could opt for one of the variable rates savings accounts that come with a bank base rate guarantee.

Only 12% of variable rates accounts offer such a guarantee and here are a few of the best ones.

Secure Trust Bank – 183 Day Notice Tracker Issue 1

  • The highest paying variable rate on the market to include a guarantee is being offered by Secure Trust Bank.
  • The banks 183 Day Notice Tracker account pays 3.50pc AER and guarantees to pay at least 3.00pc above bank base rate.
  • Savers can invest between £1,000 and £1m into the account, which is operated by post or telephone.
  • Savers can make four withdrawals of interest penalty free each year, but withdrawals of the capital are limited to three times per annum and savers must give 183 days' notice.

Lloyds TSB – Two Year Tracker Bond

  • If savers can tie their money up for two years then the Lloyds TSB Two Year Tracker Bond is guaranteeing to pay 2.80pc above bank base rate, currently 3.30pc.
  • Savers can invest between £2,000 and £1m into the account.
  • Before opening the account savers need to ensure they won't need the money for the full two years as earlier access is not permitted

Santander – Tracker Bond (Issue 7)

  • The Santander Tracker Bond requires savers to commit funds for one year and guarantees to pay 2.60pc above bank base rate, currently 3.10pc.
  • Savers can invest between £10,000 and £2m into the account, which can be opened online, by telephone or in branch.
  • Once opened earlier access and further additions are not permitted.

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