With interest rates at historical low levels, savers have received pitiful returns on their cash. In most cases they have received ‘negative’ returns when they consider the interest rates being offered on savings products, plus levels of inflation.
We believe that it’s now time for banks and building societies to start play fair and give their savings customers better returns on their money.
Research we commissioned at the start of this year* revealed that by 3rd January 2018, only one in five (21%) savings accounts had passed on last November’s Bank of England base rate rise in full. Just 52% have increased their rates since then, but most by less than 0.25%. A clear lesson here is that even if there are more increases in the Bank of England base rate, savers should not expect these to be passed on to them in terms of higher returns.
Our findings also revealed that there were 155 savings accounts paying 0.50% or less on balances of £1,000, and 50 paying less than 0.1%. Furthermore, the average returns on one, three and five-year fixed income bonds were 1.23%, 1.69% and 2.08% respectively, but once you consider the current rate of inflation, the respective ‘real returns’ were -1.87%, -1.41% and -1.02%.
More savers are now looking to move their money to try and secure a better return, and one of the beneficiaries of this trend is fixed interest bonds, such as the ones we offer at Basset & Gold.
Our fixed rate bonds are based on investments we make on marketplace platforms. However, our strict investment criteria mean we reject over 95% of opportunities we see, and all the loans we provide that support the bonds are backed by assets such as property, debentures and other forms of security. We also always invest our own money along with those of its clients so that interests are firmly aligned.
Our bonds pay up to 7.46% pa, but most also offer our unique Rate Shield, where we pass on any increase in the Bank of England base rate.
*(1) Basset & Gold commissioned Andrew Hagger of MoneyComms to conduct research into the cash savings market. The research was conducted on 2nd and 3rd January 2018.
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