Ulster Bank fixed rate bonds key facts:
- Available to both new and existing customers of Ulster Bank
- You need to be aged 18 or over and a resident of the United Kingdom
- Minimum balance of £10,000
- Maximum balance of £500,000
- No withdrawals can be made during the bond’s term
- Gross interest is calculated on a 365 day basis
- Interest is paid at the end of the term
- Applications can be made online, over the phone or in the branch
- You will need to open an instant access account (i.e. an account that does not require notice of withdrawal) with Ulster bank in the same name as the Fixed Term Deposit
- Early closure may only be possible in exceptional circumstances but they will incur a charge.
As opening a fixed rate bond requires you to lock your savings into the investment for a set period of time before you do so it is a good idea to shop around to compare the market to see if you can find the best plan for your specific circumstances.
You might also want to consider alternative savings plan as well to see if they could better suit your needs.
Alternative plans include:
- Tracker Bonds – another type of bond, unlike a fixed rate bond the interest rate you receive on the bond can vary over its course in response to changes made to the Base Rate by the bank of England which it tracks.
- Structured Deposits - this type of plan also requires you to lock up your funds for a period of time however it is not a bond and you are not guaranteed to receive interest on your investment. Structured deposits are normally tied to an index like the FTSE 100. They generally offer better potential interest rates than fixed rate bonds or instant access savings accounts, however you will only receive interest if over the bonds course the index or indices the plan is tied to performs in a way that fufils the criteria set out in the terms and conditions of the plan, if it does back at the end of the term you will just receive back the amount you originally invested.
- Savings Accounts - You may also wish to consider an instant access savings account, they generally offer lower rates of interest than a lender’s fixed rate bond offering but you are usually permitted to make unlimited withdrawals.