Savings account loyalty does not pay

by Property 118

9:57 AM, 26th May 2020
About a month ago

Savings account loyalty does not pay

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Savings account loyalty does not pay

Savers who stay put with their existing savings provider may wish to rethink any sentiment to stay loyal. If savers have an easy access account with a well-known savings provider, they may be earning very little interest on their funds, or even less than the market average.

Analysis of live easy access accounts from 15 well-known brands by Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that only six would pay a better return on average versus the market average easy access rate, but the remaining brands would pay less on average. Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds Building Society and Virgin Money come out on top, paying an average of 0.57%, 0.48% and 0.47% respectively across their ranges, well above the market average rate of 0.32%.

The biggest banks pay an average return at the opposite end of the scale however, including Lloyds Banking Group at 0.02%, Santander at 0.10%, RBS Group at 0.15%, HSBC at 0.17%, TSB at 0.24% and Barclays Bank at 0.29%.

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “Consumers may now be feeling the impact of the two base rate cuts and the Coronavirus pandemic on their savings pot, particularly if they have their cash with one of the biggest well-known brands. In fact, it is more likely than not that they would be earning less than the market average easy access rate today.

“Once these developments have hit home, it could well force savers to be more vigilant and be proactive to switch or they may face earning next to nothing on their hard-earned cash. Not only this, but savers on the poorer interest rates will find the true spending power of their cash is being eroded by inflation, as there are less than 30 deals that can outpace 0.80% today based on a deposit of £10,000. This means more effort will need to be made to scope out the top rates in the market.

“Speed to apply for the top rates is becoming ever more crucial though, as savings providers can be flooded with deposits and may choose to cut their rate to deter investors, or as a last resort, pull their deal entirely. The murmurings of negative interest rates will be a further blow to savers, as interest rates on the most flexible of accounts could well be cut even more so and there may even be accounts that will no longer pay any interest to hold savers’ cash.

“It is clear as day to see that loyalty does not pay when it comes to savings accounts if consumers want the best return they will have to shop around and move their money quickly to ensure they don’t miss out on the most lucrative deals.”



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Question Everything

20:00 PM, 28th May 2020
About a month ago

Dear all 118 readers,

You might like to consider moving some of your savings to accounts that are not on the high street.

Have a look at nexo.io, https://nexo.io/ it pays 8% on GPB, your deposit is secured by over-collateralised loans. This is not the Fractional Reserve scam that the banks operate. You may also familiarise yourself with blockchain while you are about it.

There are now a number of high paying interest accounts in the DEFI (Decentralised Finance) industry, paying between 6%-11%. Other names are crypto.com, and Celsiusnetwork and blockfi https://blockfi.com/.

It's all above-board, you will need to pass KYC and AML to be registered, but your funds are largely instantly accessible unless you do "lockdown" periods for better rates.

Not financial advice, just something you may want to see for yourself.


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