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Money Masterclass: savings & mortgages

Money Masterclass: savings & mortgages

Category: Money

Updated: 20/01/2011
First Published: 20/01/2011

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Welcome to this week's Money Masterclass, your weekly rundown of the very best new financial products to hit the market.

This week, we have a pair of eye-catching savings accounts, while those looking for a mortgage could find just what they're looking for from The Co-operative Bank or Skipton Building Society.

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Tesco Bank - Product details:

  • Tesco's 2 Year Fixed Rate Saver has increased by 0.15% to 3.50%.
  • Savers can invest between £2,000 and £1million.
  • Early access and further additions are not allowed.
  • The account is available to savers aged 18 and over and can be operated by telephone only. analysis

Tesco Bank has reviewed its fixed rate savings range including a new two year fixed rate of 3.50% which falls amongst the top accounts fixed for two years. Deposits range from £2,000 to £1million. There is also a monthly interest option, at 3.45%, which should appeal to those looking to supplement their income.

Coventry Building Society - Product details

  • Coventry Building Society has launched its new eNotice account paying 3.05% on its anniversary including a 0.50% bonus for 12 months.
  • The rate is guaranteed to be at least equal to 3.05% until 31.12.11.
  • A monthly interest option is also available at 3.01% with a bonus of 0.49% for 12 months.
  • Investments range between £1,000 and £250,000 and 30 days' notice is required to access funds.
  • Early access is allowed, subject to 30 days' loss of interest.
  • Withdrawals must be made via a nominated account or transferred to another Coventry BS account.
  • The account can be operated online only by savers aged 16 and over. analysis

This new 30 day notice online only account pays a competitive rate of 3.05%. When compared to other notice and internet accounts, the rate appears of the market and the fact that the rate is guaranteed to be at least equal to 3.05% until the end of the year will also add to its overall appeal.

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The Co-operative Bank - Product details

  • The Co-operative Bank's fixed rate product range has been revamped with a new three year fixed rate of 5.49% to 31.5.14 for house purchases only.
  • The product has a maximum loan-to-value of 90% and customers can borrow up to £315,000.
  • A fee of £999 is payable.
  • No incentives are offered, although a host of flexible features are available including the option to make overpayments of up to 10% of the outstanding balance, underpayments and take payment holidays. analysis

This new three year fixed deal offers a competitive rate of 5.49% and a high loan-to-value of 90%, which will no doubt please borrowers with a limited deposit amount. A reasonable arrangement fee and a plethora of flexible features more than make up for the absence of incentives.

Skipton Building Society - Product details

  • Skipton Building Society has launched a new fixed rate product at 5.98% to 30.4.14.
  • The deal has a maximum loan-to-value of 90% and a fee of £995 is payable.
  • First time buyers can borrow up to £250,000 while second time buyers and remortgage customers are allowed a maximum advance of £1million.
  • Incentives of a free valuation, free valuation fees and free legal fees are also offered to remortgage customers.
  • All customers have the option to make overpayments of up to 10% of the outstanding balance and to take payment holidays. analysis

Skipton Building Society's latest product review has seen the launch of a new and competitive three year deal priced at 5.98% to 30.4.14. Remortgage customers will be pleased with a generous incentive package of free valuation and free legal fees, while a loan-to-value of 90% and the opportunity to make overpayments and take payment holidays should please all borrowers.

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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.