With interest rates at record lows, locking cash away in a fixed-rate bond is no longer a guarantee of getting a good return. With the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme giving banks cheap money, there’s little incentive for providers to encourage savers by offering high fixed rates. For savers looking to tie up money in a fixed rate bond, for however many years, the current deals on offer to savers have dropped by more than 30% compared to twelve months ago, according to our research. However, there are alternatives to traditional fixed rate bonds – in particular, structured deposit plans, which are worth a closer look.
Latest Fixed Rate Bond Deals
We highlight a selection of some of the current leading fixed rate bond deals available now, as well as offering some alternative ideas for those who are happy to lock away cash for three years or more.
1. Short term fixed rate bonds
If you don’t want to tie up cash for much more than a year, Principality Building Society are currently offering an 18 month fixed rate bond paying interest at 1.99% AER gross/AER.
2. Medium term fixed rate bonds
Natwest are currently offering a 2 year fixed rate bond with a starting deposit of £1,000. This plan offers 2% gross/AER until the start date of 25th March 2013, after which savers can expect 2.25% gross/AER.
3. Long term fixed rate bonds
Vanquis Bank are currently offering rates of 2.61% and 3.01% Gross/AER for 3 year and 5 year fixed rates bonds respectively. You can choose from monthly or yearly interest and the minimum initial deposit is £1,000.
Alternative options to fixed rate bonds
A structured deposit plan is a fixed term investment with a payout that is linked to the performance of an underlying asset e.g. FTSE 100. Structured deposit plans may therefore be a suitable option for those who might otherwise have chosen fixed rate bonds. They suit people who are willing to accept a low level of stock market exposure in exchange for the potential to make better returns than those currently available via fixed rate plans.
When considering your options and how best to spread your savings, the current economic outlook suggests that these alternatives deserve closer attention and with the ability to utilise your cash ISA allowance and make cash ISA transfers, you have plenty of choice available.
Use the tables below to compare a selection of fixed rate bond deals that are currently available.
No news, feature article or comment should be seen as a personal recommendation to invest. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment you should seek independent financial advice. Tax treatment is dependent on your individual circumstances and may change.
These are structured deposit plans that are capital protected. There is a risk that the company backing the plan or any company associated with the plan may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated. In this event you may be entitled to compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), depending on your individual circumstances. In addition, you may not get back the full amount of your initial investment if the plan is not held for the full term. The past performance of the FTSE 100 Index and any of it shares is not a guide to its future performance.