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Our comparison chart details the four-year fixed rate bonds currently available. You can use the filters to refine your choice to find exactly what you are looking for.  If you would like more information on Fixed Rate Bonds read our guide below.

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Bank of London and The Middle East Logo
Bank of London and The Middle East Premier Deposit Account (Anticipated Profit Rate) FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.50%
Expected Rate
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
4 Year Bond
Interest Paid
Anniversary
Opening Account
Managing Account
Go To Provider's Site
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.50% paid at £1K
AER 2.50% paid at £1K
Expected Profit Paid Anniversary
Interest payment Interest must be paid away
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a linked or nominated account

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

Linked Product (Non-Funded): Must have or open a BLME transfer account to hold funds pending investment

Additional Information

This bank operates under Islamic finance principles, the rates displayed represent the expected profit rate.
Aldermore Logo
Aldermore 4 Year Fixed Rate Account FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.15%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
4 Year Bond
Interest Paid
Anniversary
Opening Account
Managing Account
Go To Provider's Site
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.15% paid at £1K
AER 2.15% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Anniversary
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be reinvested in a further Fixed Rate/Fixed Term account on equivalent/similar terms

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Secure Trust Bank Logo
Secure Trust Bank 4 Year Fixed Rate Bond FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.50%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
16.06.23
Interest Paid
Monthly
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.47% paid at £1K
AER 2.50% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Monthly
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Secure Trust Bank Logo
Secure Trust Bank 4 Year Fixed Rate Bond FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.50%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
16.06.23
Interest Paid
Yearly
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.50% paid at £1K
AER 2.50% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Yearly
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Ikano Bank Logo
Ikano Bank Fixed 4 Year Saver Depositor Protection logo
Depositor Protection logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
4 Year Bond
Interest Paid
Anniversary
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.40% paid at £1K
AER 2.40% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Anniversary
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Ikano Bank Logo
Ikano Bank Fixed 4 Year Saver Depositor Protection logo
Depositor Protection logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
4 Year Bond
Interest Paid
Monthly
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.37% paid at £1K
AER 2.40% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Monthly
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Masthaven Bank Logo
Masthaven Bank 48 Month Flexible Term Saver FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
48 Month Bond
Interest Paid
Anniversary
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.40% paid at £500
AER 2.40% paid at £500
Interest Paid Anniversary
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £500
Max Investment £250,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a linked or nominated account or paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal or reinvested in a further Fixed Rate/Fixed Term account on equivalent/similar terms

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Masthaven Bank Logo
Masthaven Bank 48 Month Flexible Term Saver FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
48 Month Bond
Interest Paid
Monthly
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.37% paid at £500
AER 2.40% paid at £500
Interest Paid Monthly
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £500
Max Investment £250,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a linked or nominated account or paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal or reinvested in a further Fixed Rate/Fixed Term account on equivalent/similar terms

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
PCF Bank Logo
PCF Bank 4 Year Term Deposit Issue 7 FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
4 Year Bond
Interest Paid
Anniversary
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.40% paid at £1K
AER 2.40% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Anniversary
Interest payment Interest must be paid away
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £250,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a linked or nominated account or paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A
Secure Trust Bank Logo
Secure Trust Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Bond FSCS logo
FSCS logo
AER
2.40%
Account Type
Fixed
Notice / Term
17.06.22
Interest Paid
Yearly
Opening Account
Managing Account
Rates
Access
Information
Opening Restrictions
Additional Information

Rates

Rate 2.40% paid at £1K
AER 2.40% paid at £1K
Interest Paid Yearly
Interest payment Interest can be paid away or compounded
Min Opening Amount £1,000
Max Investment £1,000,000
Introductory bonus N/A

Access

Withdrawals Allowed
Early Access Allowed
Access Note
N/A
Further Additions Allowed
At the end of the fixed term
Your provider will write to you before the account matures. If you don’t give them any instructions, the money in the account will be paid into a variable rate account pending instructions/withdrawal

Information

Min Age 18
Max Age 0
Taxation
Interest is paid without tax being deducted, but may be taxable depending on your personal circumstances

Opening Restrictions

N/A

Additional Information

N/A

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Note

Eligible deposits with UK institutions are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme up to a maximum level of protection of £85,000 per person per institution.

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A guide to fixed rate bonds

Leanne Macardle

Leanne Macardle

Editor
Published: 30/01/2019

At a glance

  • Fixed rate bonds can pay higher interest rates than easy access or notice accounts, on the provision that you lock away your money.
  • Be sure you can commit your funds for the full term.
  • You may only be able to make a single deposit into your bond, and probably won’t be able to make withdrawals (even if your provider allows it, they may require you to pay an interest penalty).

What are fixed rate bonds?

Fixed rate bonds are designed to pay a set amount of interest, over a predefined period, on money you can afford not to access. Fixed rate bond terms can range from less than a year, right up to five years (or even longer in some cases).

Because the bank or building society knows it will have the use of your money for the duration of the bond’s term – money held in fixed rate accounts can be used for banks’ funding purposes – it can pay you a higher rate of interest than on an easy access account, where it can’t be certain of having your money from one day to the next. The longer you are prepared to not have access to your money for, the higher the rates of interest that will be on offer.

Because the provider wants a certain level of security, a lot of fixed rate savings accounts may not allow you to access your money during the term – and if access is allowed, it’s normally at the expense of a big interest penalty. Therefore, it may be the case that the best fixed rate bonds in terms of interest won’t allow you to make a withdrawal under any circumstance, especially if you choose a shorter-term account. Some longer-term bonds may allow access, but will usually impose strict interest penalties for the privilege.

Why should I get a fixed rate bond?

Fixed rate bonds are still the best way to secure a decent amount of interest on a large pot of money (barring investment on the stock market). So, if you want to set your savings aside and not think about it for a year or five, you would do well to consider the best fixed rate bonds currently available.

Other advantages include knowing exactly how much you’ll get out of the pot, due to the fixed interest, and having your savings shielded from any downturns in the market. Of course, knowing how much interest you will get each year also means you can know beforehand if you’ll need to worry about taxation.

 

Since any interest above £1,000 is taxed (£500 if you are a higher rate taxpayer and all of it if you pay tax at 45%), those who have a large enough pot for this to be relevant may want to look at fixed rate cash ISAs instead. Alternatively, if you have a small pot of money but would still like to gain a decent amount of interest, regular savings accounts offer high interest rates on monthly deposits of usually up to £500. Or there’s high interest current accounts to consider, to get a potentially great interest rate without having to lock away your cash.

Remember, however, that there is nothing stopping you from having several different types of savings accounts. Indeed, it would be quite sensible to have an easy access account for emergency funds, plus a fixed rate bond for savings you don’t need to keep to hand, as well as maybe an ISA to take advantage of your annual ISA allowance.

How many fixed rate bonds can I have?

You can have as many bonds as you like. You will of course have to adhere to all the limitations on each bond, such as the minimum investment and access restrictions. You’ll also have to keep track of all your different bonds to make sure you don’t breach your personal savings allowance (and so you can report it if you do breach that limit).

Moneyfacts tip

Moneyfacts tip Leanne Macardle

Fixed rate bonds can help you to earn better interest rates by locking your money away for a fixed period of time. However. it's always advisable to have some savings in accounts with easy access so you are prepared for a 'rainy day'.

Do I have to pay tax on a fixed rate bond?

Maybe. Thanks to the personal savings allowance, you can earn up to £1,000 in interest per year in any savings account, depending on your tax status. However, that also means that if you earn more than £1,000 in interest per year, you will have to report this to HMRC and pay tax. Only ISAs allow all interest earned to be tax-free (though they come with many other restrictions).

Find out more about your personal savings allowance

How safe is my money in a fixed rate bond?

Most savings providers are backed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which protects up to £85,000 of your savings per banking group. Those providers that are not a part of this scheme (usually because they are not based in the UK) will most likely be part of a comparable EU scheme. You can find out how your money would be protected with a certain account by looking at the details of each account, or by reading our guide for a more general overview.

How much money do I need to open a fixed rate bond?

That will depend on the minimum deposit requirement, which will be prominently displayed in the details of each account in your search results. Some of the best rate fixed bonds may be the ones with the highest deposit requirement, which means you’d need quite a hefty pot. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case.

What are early access penalties?

Bonds that allow some access before the end of their term may impose a flat loss of interest penalty, no matter when in the term you make the withdrawal (so, 180 days’ loss of interest, for instance). Others may taper the penalty depending on when the withdrawal is made (for example: 365 days’ loss if the withdrawal is in the first year, 320 days’ loss if the withdrawal is in the second year, etc.). Be careful, though, as this means that if you were to withdraw funds from a bond with a 180-day loss of interest penalty after just 160 days, for instance, you could actually lose money.

Depositing into a fixed rate bond

Fixed rate bonds may only allow you to make a single deposit at account opening. If you are allowed to make further deposits after opening, you will only be able to do so for a limited amount of time or while the bond is on offer to new customers (sometimes referred to as ‘while the issue is open’, which means that once it is withdrawn from sale, you cannot add to your savings pot).

So, if you’re looking for a savings account that will allow you to add to your savings, a fixed rate bond is not for you. You could try a regular savings account, or a variable rate easy access or notice savings account instead.

How is interest paid?

Most fixed rate bonds will pay interest every year, allowing you to benefit from the positive effects of compound interest over a longer term. Some bonds, however, may pay interest only when the term ends and the bond matures, while some other bonds may require interest to be paid away, which means the interest wouldn’t be compounded over the long term, but rather placed into a designated current account. Providers may also offer an option whereby interest is paid monthly, which (if the interest is paid away) allows savers who use their interest as income to get a regular, set monthly payment from their savings.

Overall, the longer you can bear to part with your money, the higher a rate you will be able to get. That’s why the best fixed rate savings accounts are those that won’t let you access your money for at least five years. On top of this, you will get a bigger return if you pick a deal that allows your interest to be compounded, but if you want an income from your savings while you wait for the bond to mature, you should choose a bond that allows interest to be paid away instead.

Compare fixed rate bonds and figure out what works for you to find the best deal for your situation.

When your fixed rate bonds matures

Be sure to keep track of when your bond ends. Your bank or building society will normally write to you as the bond approaches the end of its term to ask what you want to do. If you don’t hear anything, your money may be re-invested in another fixed rate bond or a variable rate maturity savings account, which may not pay as competitive an interest rate.

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At a glance

  • Fixed rate bonds can pay higher interest rates than easy access or notice accounts, on the provision that you lock away your money.
  • Be sure you can commit your funds for the full term.
  • You may only be able to make a single deposit into your bond, and probably won’t be able to make withdrawals (even if your provider allows it, they may require you to pay an interest penalty).
Best 4 Year Fixed Rate Bonds
Provider AER Account Type Notice / Term Min Investment
Bank of London and The Middle East Logo Bank of London and The Middle East Premier Deposit Account (Anticipated Profit Rate) 2.50% Fixed 4 Year Bond £1,000
Secure Trust Bank Logo Secure Trust Bank 4 Year Fixed Rate Bond 2.50% Fixed 16.06.23 £1,000
Secure Trust Bank Logo Secure Trust Bank 4 Year Fixed Rate Bond 2.50% Fixed 16.06.23 £1,000
Secure Trust Bank Logo Secure Trust Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Bond 2.40% Fixed 17.06.22 £1,000

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