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Category: Money

Updated: 26/01/2012
First Published: 26/01/2012

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Welcome to your weekly dose of the best new products to hit the personal finance market, Money in a Minute.

This week, we showcase two cracking mortgages, and a couple of great savings accounts.

As usual, we've broken the products down into technical details and unbiased analysis, so you know exactly what you're getting.


Norwich & Peterborough Building Society - Product details

  • Norwich & Peterborough Building Society has launched a new ten year fixed rate mortgage offering a rate of 3.99%.
  • The maximum loan-to-value is 75% and customers can borrow a minimum of £25,001.
  • A fee of £295 is payable.
  • A generous incentive package is included, offering all borrowers a free valuation, a £200 rebate for house purchase customers and free legal fees for those remortgaging. analysis

Borrowers looking for a long-term mortgage deal will be pleasantly surprised with this latest deal from Norwich & Peterborough Building Society. Offering a competitive rate of 3.99%, this product also has the benefits of a small arrangement fee and a host of incentives for both purchase and remortgage customers.

Marsden Building Society - Product details

  • A new fixed rate mortgage has been launched by Marsden Building Society.
  • Offering a rate of 5.39% to 31.1.15, the product has a maximum loan-to-value of 90% and a minimum advance of £20,000.
  • An arrangement fee of £999 is payable.
  • A free valuation is offered to all borrowers, whilst a £250 rebate is offered to those looking to remortgage. analysis

This new deal offers a decent rate of 5.39% to 31.1.15. Along with a reasonable fee and incentives for all borrowers, this product's appeal is boosted by the option to make overpayments of up to 5% of the mortgage advance.

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Mansfield Building Society - Product details
  • Mansfield Building Society has launched a new issue of its Postal Premium account paying 2.85% including a bonus of 0.85% for twelve months.
  • Savers can invest between £1,000 and £400,000.
  • No advance notice is needed to access funds, although only four penalty-free withdrawals are permitted during the initial twelve months.
  • Any further withdrawals during this period will be subject to 30 days' loss of interest.
  • All withdrawals can be made notice and penalty free after the initial year.
  • The account is available to savers of all ages and can be operated by post only. analysis

This latest account from Mansfield Building Society pays a market-leading rate of 2.85%. Although this is a no-notice account, savers must remember that there is a limit of four penalty-free withdrawals during the first year. If this is exceeded, savers will incur a 30 day loss of interest penalty.

BM Savings - Product details

  • BM Savings has amended the rate on its 2 Year Fixed Rate ISA by 0.20% to 3.60%.
  • A monthly interest option is also available at 3.54%.
  • Savers can invest a minimum of £500 and further additions can be made whilst the issue is open.
  • Early access is allowed, although this is subject to penalty as follows:
    • During year one, 180 days' loss of interest and
    • during year two, 90 days' loss of interest.
  • Transfers in are accepted.
  • The account is available to savers aged 16 and over and can be operated by post only. analysis

Despite a reduction of 0.20%, the 2 Year Fixed Rate ISA continues to pay a highly competitive rate of 3.60%. Unlike many fixed rate products, this deal allows early access to funds, although investors must bear in mind that this is subject to penalty.

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Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.