Bank of England opts for rate hold

Date of Publication: Saturday, 14 January 2006 12:00
As expected the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee has decided to keep base rate on hold at 4.5%.

Members of the interest rate setting committee will no doubt have concluded that in the absence of comprehensive information (yet) about consumer spending patterns during the all-important Christmas holiday season erring on the side of caution was the correct path to take now.

Adding to the uncertainty has been the relative lack of information regarding wage settlements - the Bank needing to be reassured first that workers haven't been negotiating bumper pay deals in response to accelerating inflation seen last year.

At the moment the general consensus is that there's scope for one further rate cut this year. However, hopes that it could come as early as next month now appear to be receding given what information has been coming out of the High Street. There, better-than-expected trading numbers from the likes of Carphone Warehouse, Marks & Spencer, Jessops, John Lewis and GUS have suggested that the Bank may not have overstated Britain's growth prospects for this year after all. More so, given just published figures showing manufacturing output hitting a 7-month high.

What may yet give the Bank some wiggle room is the likelihood of inflation continuing to slow, thereby allowing it to meet its self imposed annual target.

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Saturday, 14 January 2006 12:00
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Provider
AER
Min Bal
O/D Rate
O/D Buffer
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5.00%
£1,000
0%
£2,000
5.00%
£1
No Offer
£25
0%
£1
No Offer
No Offer
0%
£1
No Offer
N/A
£200
3%
£500
No Offer
N/A
No Offer

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Nationwide
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Natwest Select

NatWest
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Santander Everyday Current Account

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TSB Classic Account

TSB
  • Free banking - no charge for everyday transactions when you’re in credit.
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RBS Select

RBS
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Natwest Select Platinum Current Account

NatWest
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M&S Premium Current Account

Marks & Spencer
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M&S Premium Current Account with insurance

Marks & Spencer
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Halifax Current Account

Halifax
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  • A Halifax Visa debit card - Option to personalise
  • Access to the extensive branch Network
  • 24/7 Online Banking Access

Halifax Reward Current Account

Halifax
  • £100 cashback for new and existing customers switching an active bank account held elsewhere to Halifax.
  • To qualify, use the Current Account Switch Service to switch and close your old account.
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  • £5 monthly reward if each month customers pay in £750, pay out two different direct debits and stay in credit.
  • This account offers a flexible 0% Overdraft facility (Overdrafts are subject to status):
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  • Access to the extensive branch Network
  • 24/7 Online Banking Access

Halifax Ultimate Reward Current Account

Halifax
  • Get a Free £100 when you switch to this account!
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  • This account offers a flexible 0% Overdraft facility (Overdrafts are subject to status.):
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  • - £2 per day - if you use an 'Planned' overdraft from £2,000 up to and including £2,999
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  • A Halifax Visa debit card - Option to personalise
  • Access to the extensive branch Network
  • 24/7 Online Banking Access

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Provider
AER
Notice
Interest Paid
Min Bal
Apply
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1.00%
Instant
Annually
£1,000
1.20%
Instant
Annually
£1,000
1.25%
30 Days
Monthly
£1,000
1.60%
Fixed term for 1 year
Monthly
£1,000
0.50%
Instant
Quarterly
£1

Scottish Widows Direct Transfer Account

Scottish Widows
  • Minimum balance £1000
  • Deposits can be made by internet banking, telephone or post
  • No notice period or penalties for withdrawals
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The Derbyshire BS NetSaver (Issue 13)

The Derbyshire Building Society
  • Open today with at least £1,000 and manage your account online
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Aldermore 30 Day Notice Account

Aldermore
  • Transparent - our competitive rates are not artificially inflated by bonuses or introductory offers
  • Fast and easy setup - open an account, complete identity checks and move your money in minutes
  • Accessible - open an account with just £1
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  • Access - unlimited withdrawals, subject to notice and without loss of interest
  • Easy to manage - do it online, by phone or by post
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Aldermore 1 Year Fixed Rate ISA

Aldermore
  • Transparent - our competitive rates are not artificially inflated by bonuses or introductory offers
  • Fast and easy setup - open an account, complete identity checks and move your money in minutes
  • Accessible - open an account with just £1,000
  • Flexible - add to your savings whenever you like
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  • Easy to manage - do it online, by phone or by post
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

RBS Instant Saver

RBS
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  • Quarterly interest paid directly into your account.
  • Access your money in branch, over the phone
  • No penalties and no withdrawal charges
  • Easy to manage with our online banking service and our mobile banking apps.
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Natwest Instant Saver

NatWest
  • Balances from £1 receive a rate of 0.50% AER / 0.50%Gross p.a. (variable) rising to 0.75% AER / 0.75%Gross p.a. (variable) for balances of £25,000 or more.
  • Quarterly interest paid directly into your account.
  • Access your money in branch, over the phone
  • No penalties and no withdrawal charges
  • Easy to manage with our online banking service and our mobile banking apps.
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Top 5 Fixed Rate Bonds

Provider
AER
Duration
Min Bal
Apply
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1.10%
Fixed term for 1 year
£10,000
1.15%
Fixed term for 1 year
£5,000
1.35%
Fixed term for 2 years
£5,000
2.01%
Fixed term for 3 years
£1,000
2.91%
Fixed term for 5 years
£1,000

Lloyds Bank International 1 Year Bond

Lloyds Bank
  • Save for 1 year
  • Fixed interest rates of 2.75% AER/Gross*.
  • Save from £10,000 up to £5,000,000
  • No withdrawals are allowed.
  • Rate is fixed for the term of the deposit.
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

NatWest 1 Year Fixed Rate Bond

NatWest
  • 1.15% AER/Gross p.a. (fixed)
  • Existing Customers only - You will need to have a NatWest current account or instant access savings account (excluding all cash ISA accounts) from which to pay into your bond and for the payment of interest
  • Easy application - as the application can be completed quickly online when you have a nominated account. Single account application only
  • Save from £5,000- the maximum is £500,000
  • Simple- Fixed Rate Bond: Internet Only Edition has one rate of interest which starts once the bond account is opened and your funds are in
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  • At maturity, we will automatically reinvest your deposit for you into a new Fixed Rate Bond of the same term and interest frequency, unless you tell us otherwise
  • Limited offer - may be withdrawn at anytime
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

NatWest 2 Year Fixed Rate Bond

NatWest
  • Save between £5,000 - £500,000
  • Your Fixed Rate Bond will be opened within 5 working days of the funds being deposited from your nominated account and will run from the date of opening until the date of maturity
  • If you change your mind about opening your Fixed Rate Bond you have a 14-day period from the date your Bond has been opened to cancel it without charge
  • No partial withdrawals or additional deposits are allowed.
  • Funds must be left untouched for the term of the bond. Early closure may result in a charge equivalent to 90 days’ gross interest for our 1 year Fixed Rate Bond and 180 days' gross interest for our 2 year Fixed Rate Bond
  • You will need to have a NatWest current account or instant access savings accounts (excluding all Cash ISA accounts) for the payment of interest
  • Available to Natwest Personal & Private customers aged 18 years or over
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Vanquis Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Bond

Vanquis
  • Available Online Only.
  • Deposit between £1,000 to £250,000 for THREE YEARS in ONE PAYMENT and benefit from a guaranteed savings rate.
  • Annual or Monthly interest options available.
  • Sole or Joint Accounts.
  • Restricted to UK residents 18 years or older.
  • No additional deposits, withdrawals or closure during term.
  • Vanquis Bank is a UK bank with operations and call centres in London, Chatham, Bradford and Newcastle, and is part of the Provident Financial Group, a FTSE 250 company founded over 130 years ago.
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Vanquis Bank 5 Year Fixed Rate Bond

Vanquis
  • Available Online Only.
  • Deposit between £1,000 to £250,000 for FIVE YEARS in ONE PAYMENT and benefit from a guaranteed savings rate.
  • Annual or Monthly interest options available.
  • Sole or Joint Accounts.
  • Restricted to UK residents 18 years or older.
  • No additional deposits, withdrawals or closure during term.
  • Vanquis Bank is a UK bank with operations and call centres in London, Chatham, Bradford and Newcastle, and is part of the Provident Financial Group, a FTSE 250 company founded over 130 years ago.
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Aldermore 1 Year Fixed Rate Bond

Aldermore
  • Transparent - our competitive rates are not artificially inflated by bonuses or introductory offers
  • Fast and easy setup - open an account, complete identity checks and move your money in minutes
  • Accessible - open an account with just £1,000
  • Easy to manage - do it online, by phone or by post
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

RBS 1 Year Fixed Rate Bond

RBS
  • 1.15% AER/Gross p.a. (fixed)
  • Existing Customers only - You will need to have a RBS current account or instant access savings account (excluding all cash ISA accounts) from which to pay into your bond and for the payment of interest
  • Easy application - as the application can be completed quickly online when you have a nominated account. Single account application only
  • Save from £5,000- the maximum is £500,000
  • Simple- Fixed Rate Bond: Internet Only Edition has one rate of interest which starts once the bond account is opened and your funds are in
  • If you change your mind about opening your Fixed Rate Bond you have a 14-day period from the date your Bond has been opened, in which to contact us to cancel your Bond without incurring an interest charge
  • No partial withdrawals or additional deposits are allowed - you may close your Fixed Rate Bond prior to the maturity date by providing a written instruction to your branch, and giving 35 days’ notice. There will be an interest charge equivalent to 90 days' gross interest
  • You may close your Fixed Rate Bond in the event of death or involuntary redundancy. In those circumstances, an interest charge will not apply. 35 days notice will still be required
  • At maturity, we will automatically reinvest your deposit for you into a new Fixed Rate Bond of the same term and interest frequency, unless you tell us otherwise
  • Limited offer - may be withdrawn at anytime
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

RBS 2 Year Fixed Rate Bond

RBS
  • Save between £5,000 - £500,000
  • Your Fixed Rate Bond will be opened within 5 working days of the funds being deposited from your nominated account and will run from the date of opening until the date of maturity
  • If you change your mind about opening your Fixed Rate Bond you have a 14-day period from the date your Bond has been opened to cancel it without charge
  • No partial withdrawals or additional deposits are allowed.
  • Funds must be left untouched for the term of the bond. Early closure may result in a charge equivalent to 90 days’ gross interest for our 1 year Fixed Rate Bond and 180 days' gross interest for our 2 year Fixed Rate Bond
  • You will need to have a RBS current account or instant access savings accounts (excluding all Cash ISA accounts) for the payment of interest
  • Available to RBS Personal & Private customers aged 18 years or over
  • At maturity, we will automatically reinvest your deposit for you into a new Fixed Rate Bond of the same term and interest frequency, unless you tell us otherwise
  • This is a limited offer and may be withdrawn from sale at any time
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 PER PERSON BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Vanquis Bank 4 Year Fixed Rate Bond

Vanquis
  • Available Online Only.
  • Deposit between £1,000 to £250,000 for THREE YEARS in ONE PAYMENT and benefit from a guaranteed savings rate.
  • Annual or Monthly interest options available.
  • Sole or Joint Accounts.
  • Restricted to UK residents 18 years or older.
  • No additional deposits, withdrawals or closure during term.
  • Vanquis Bank is a UK bank with operations and call centres in London, Chatham, Bradford and Newcastle, and is part of the Provident Financial Group, a FTSE 250 company founded over 130 years ago.
  • YOUR SAVINGS ARE PROTECTED UP TO £85,000 BY THE FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme