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Eleanor Williams

Finance Expert & Press Officer
Published: 15/10/2020

The Pick of the Week showcases the best of the latest products or rate changes to hit the consumer finance market.


West Brom Building Society – WeBSave Bonus Saver (Issue 4)

This week has seen West Brom Building Society launch a new WeBSave Bonus Saver account which pays 0.90% gross yearly (0.30% of which is a bonus which expires 30.11.21). This account assumes a position in the top rate tables when compared against other easy access products which are currently available. This account can be opened and managed online and may appeal to those looking to ensure they maintain flexible access to their savings pot during these uncertain times, although savers are advised that when the bonus expires and the rate reduces, a review may be wise. Overall, the account earns an Excellent Moneyfacts product rating.

Key product details:

  • Rate: 0.90% gross / 0.90% AER, payable yearly (includes 0.30% bonus to 30 November 2021)
  • Notice / term: None
  • Minimum opening amount: £1,000
  • Maximum investment amount: £500,000
  • Access: Permitted
  • Further additions: Permitted
  • Opening account: Online
  • Managing account: Online
  • Other information: Minimum applicant age 16.


Yorkshire Building Society – Six Access e-Saver ISA

Launched this week is the new Six Access e-Saver ISA from Yorkshire Building Society, which takes a position in the top 10 when compared to other variable rate ISAs currently on offer. Paying a rate of 0.91% gross at £10K yearly, those savers who are looking to take advantage of their tax-free ISA allowance may be pleased to note that this account operates under Flexible ISA rules and can be opened and operated online. Further additions are permitted, as are unlimited withdrawals, however, only 6 withdrawal days are permitted per anniversary year, therefore careful planning is advised. On balance, the account earns an Excellent Moneyfacts product rating.

Key product details:

  • Rate: 0.91% gross / 0.91% AER at £10K, payable yearly (variable rate – four rate tiers, from 0.20% gross / 0.20% AER to 0.94% gross / 0.94% AER dependent on account balance)
  • Notice / term: None
  • Minimum opening amount: £1
  • Maximum investment amount: ISA allowance
  • Access: Permitted, six withdrawal days per anniversary year
  • Further additions: Permitted
  • Transfers in: Accepts cash or stocks and shares ISAs, Innovative Finance ISAs, Lifetime ISAs (cash or stocks and shares) and APS ISAs (cash or stocks and shares)
  • Transfers out: Permitted
  • Opening account: Online
  • Managing account: Online
  • Other information: Minimum applicant age 16.


Skipton Building Society – Five-year fixed rate mortgage, 75% loan-to-value

This week Skipton Building Society has made rate reductions to various products across its residential mortgage range. The largest cut of 0.34% was received by the 2.89% five-year fixed rate at 75% loan-to-value, which is now priced at 2.55%. While there are lower rates available elsewhere within this sector of the market, those who are hoping to keep any set-up costs associated with taking on a new mortgage deal to a minimum will be pleased to note that this deal carries no fee and also offers a generous incentive package of a free valuation to all borrowers, while those remortgaging can also benefit from free legal fees.

Key product details:

  • Rate: 2.55% fixed rate to 31.1.26
  • Product fee: None
  • Maximum loan-to-value: 75%
  • Available to: All borrower types
  • Incentives: Free valuation and for those remortgaging free legal fees
  • Flexible features: Allows overpayments. Payment holidays considered after six months, subject to sufficient overpayments having been made.
  • Lending area: Great Britain.


Virgin Money – Personal Loan

This week Virgin Money has increased the rates charged on two tiers of it’s Personal Loan. Those looking to borrow between £7,500 and £15,000 will see a rise of 0.1%, to 3.0% APR, while those borrowing between £15,001 and £25,000 see the same increase with borrowing now priced at 3.1% APR. Despite this update making borrowing more expensive for those looking to borrow between these amounts, the loan remains a competitive option when compared to similar loans available in the market and maintains a position in our top rate tables. In addition, some borrowers may be pleased to note that joint applications are permitted. The product earns an Excellent Moneyfacts product rating.

Key product details:

  • Representative APR: 3.0%
  • Loan period: Rate shown is based on a term of 84 months for a £7,500 borrowing
  • Application available: Online or in branch
  • Other information: Minimum age 18, same day funds available to existing Virgin Money current account holders only, electronic signature available, joint applications allowed, you may be offered an alternative APR dependent on credit rating.

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