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16/06/2022

Moneyfacts reacts to the BOE interest rate rise

The Bank of England has today increased base rate by 0.25%, up from 1.00% to 1.25%. Moneyfacts.co.uk has analysed the average rates offered across savings and mortgages and considers what this decision may mean for consumers moving forward.

Moneyfacts reacts to the BOE interest rate rise

The Bank of England has today increased base rate by 0.25%, up from 1.00% to 1.25%. Moneyfacts.co.uk has analysed the average rates offered across savings and mortgages and considers what this decision may mean for consumers moving forward.

Mortgage market analysis

Average mortgage rates

Jun-17

Jun-20

Jun-21

Dec-21

May-22

Jun-22

Standard variable rate (SVR)

4.59%

4.49%

4.41%

4.40%

4.78%

4.91%

Two-year fixed mortgage

2.30%

2.02%

2.59%

2.34%

3.03%

3.25%

Five-year fixed mortgage

2.86%

2.26%

2.82%

2.64%

3.17%

3.37%

10-year fixed mortgage

3.12%

2.63%

2.98%

2.97%

3.21%

3.36%

Average rates shown are as at the first available day of the month, unless stated otherwise. Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk

 

Mortgage market analysis

Average mortgage rates

Jun-17

Jun-20

Jun-21

Dec-21

May-22

Jun-22

Standard variable rate (SVR)

4.59%

4.49%

4.41%

4.40%

4.78%

4.91%

Two-year fixed mortgage

2.30%

2.02%

2.59%

2.34%

3.03%

3.25%

Five-year fixed mortgage

2.86%

2.26%

2.82%

2.64%

3.17%

3.37%

10-year fixed mortgage

3.12%

2.63%

2.98%

2.97%

3.21%

3.36%

Average rates shown are as at the first available day of the month, unless stated otherwise. Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk

 

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“Consumers are facing a cost of living crisis and the back-to-back rate rises are fuelling the mortgage market. Borrowers who lock into a fixed deal can protect themselves from future rate rises, but those building a deposit may not be able to afford a mortgage as interest rates and living costs continue to climb.

“Fixed rates are on the rise, with the average two-year fixed rate rising by almost 1% since December 2021. As the rate gap between the average two-year and five-year fixed rate has narrowed, fixing for longer may be a sensible choice. Borrowers could even lock into a fixed mortgage for a decade if they are prepared to commit to such a lengthy fixed term. Seeking advice is sensible to assess the abundance of deals out there to ensure borrowers find the most appropriate choice based on the overall true cost.

“Switching from a standard variable revert rate (SVR) to a fixed rate could significantly reduce someone’s mortgage repayment. The difference between the average two-year fixed mortgage rate and SVR stands at 1.66%, and the cost savings to switch from 4.91% to 3.25% is a difference of approximately £4,418 over two years*. A rise of 0.25% on the current SVR of 4.91% would add approximately £700* onto total repayments over two years.”

*Average standard variable rate (SVR) is currently 4.91%. Calculations based on a £200,000 mortgage over a 25-year term on a repayment basis.

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“Consumers are facing a cost of living crisis and the back-to-back rate rises are fuelling the mortgage market. Borrowers who lock into a fixed deal can protect themselves from future rate rises, but those building a deposit may not be able to afford a mortgage as interest rates and living costs continue to climb.

“Fixed rates are on the rise, with the average two-year fixed rate rising by almost 1% since December 2021. As the rate gap between the average two-year and five-year fixed rate has narrowed, fixing for longer may be a sensible choice. Borrowers could even lock into a fixed mortgage for a decade if they are prepared to commit to such a lengthy fixed term. Seeking advice is sensible to assess the abundance of deals out there to ensure borrowers find the most appropriate choice based on the overall true cost.

“Switching from a standard variable revert rate (SVR) to a fixed rate could significantly reduce someone’s mortgage repayment. The difference between the average two-year fixed mortgage rate and SVR stands at 1.66%, and the cost savings to switch from 4.91% to 3.25% is a difference of approximately £4,418 over two years*. A rise of 0.25% on the current SVR of 4.91% would add approximately £700* onto total repayments over two years.”

*Average standard variable rate (SVR) is currently 4.91%. Calculations based on a £200,000 mortgage over a 25-year term on a repayment basis.

Savings market analysis

Average savings rates

Jun-17

Jun-20

Jun-21

Dec-21

May-22

Jun-22

Easy access

0.38%

0.30%

0.16%

0.20%

0.39%

0.46%

Notice account

0.57%

0.70%

0.40%

0.54%

0.78%

0.92%

Easy access ISA

0.62%

0.45%

0.22%

0.26%

0.46%

0.52%

Notice ISA

0.78%

0.69%

0.33%

0.37%

0.64%

0.77%

Averages based on £10,000 gross rate. Average rates shown are as at the first available day of the month, unless stated otherwise. Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk

 

Savings market analysis

Average savings rates

Jun-17

Jun-20

Jun-21

Dec-21

May-22

Jun-22

Easy access

0.38%

0.30%

0.16%

0.20%

0.39%

0.46%

Notice account

0.57%

0.70%

0.40%

0.54%

0.78%

0.92%

Easy access ISA

0.62%

0.45%

0.22%

0.26%

0.46%

0.52%

Notice ISA

0.78%

0.69%

0.33%

0.37%

0.64%

0.77%

Averages based on £10,000 gross rate. Average rates shown are as at the first available day of the month, unless stated otherwise. Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk

 

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“Interest rates on savings accounts are on the rise, which is largely thanks to competition among challenger banks and building societies. Loyal savers may not be getting the best deal and could be missing out on a top rate if they fail to switch. Out of the biggest high street brands, some have passed on just 0.09% since December 2021 and none have passed on all four base rate rises, which equate to 0.90%**. It can take a few months for savers to experience any benefit from a base rate rise, but since December 2021 the average easy access rate has increased 0.26%, so with this in mind, there is still room for improvement. There is no guarantee savers will benefit at all but should they see 0.25% passed onto them, it would mean receiving £50 more a year in interest based on a £20,000 investment.

“Savers would be wise to review the top rate tables as there have been notable improvements over the past few months. The best deals today may not have a very long shelf life and some may require certain eligibility criteria to be met. However, if savers are prepared to make the effort, they could stand to earn a much better return on their hard-earned cash than if they have their money stored with a big high street bank for convenience. The market is moving in a positive direction, so it will be interesting to see if more rises follow in the weeks to come.”

**Brands considered as the biggest high street banks include Barclays Bank, HSBC, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, NatWest/RBS, and Santander. Out of these, the following brands have not increased rates by 0.90% on these selected easy access accounts since the December 2021 base rate rise: Barclays Bank (Everyday Saver pays 0.01% at £10k gross), Halifax (Everyday Saver - pays 0.25% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), HSBC (Online Bonus Saver - pays 0.45% at £10k gross when no withdrawals made, up from 0.05% and Flexible Saver - pays 0.10%, up from 0.01% at £10k gross), Lloyds Bank (Easy Saver – pays 0.20% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), NatWest/RBS (Instant Saver - pays 0.10% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), Santander (Everyday Saver - pays 0.10% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%).

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“Interest rates on savings accounts are on the rise, which is largely thanks to competition among challenger banks and building societies. Loyal savers may not be getting the best deal and could be missing out on a top rate if they fail to switch. Out of the biggest high street brands, some have passed on just 0.09% since December 2021 and none have passed on all four base rate rises, which equate to 0.90%**. It can take a few months for savers to experience any benefit from a base rate rise, but since December 2021 the average easy access rate has increased 0.26%, so with this in mind, there is still room for improvement. There is no guarantee savers will benefit at all but should they see 0.25% passed onto them, it would mean receiving £50 more a year in interest based on a £20,000 investment.

“Savers would be wise to review the top rate tables as there have been notable improvements over the past few months. The best deals today may not have a very long shelf life and some may require certain eligibility criteria to be met. However, if savers are prepared to make the effort, they could stand to earn a much better return on their hard-earned cash than if they have their money stored with a big high street bank for convenience. The market is moving in a positive direction, so it will be interesting to see if more rises follow in the weeks to come.”

**Brands considered as the biggest high street banks include Barclays Bank, HSBC, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, NatWest/RBS, and Santander. Out of these, the following brands have not increased rates by 0.90% on these selected easy access accounts since the December 2021 base rate rise: Barclays Bank (Everyday Saver pays 0.01% at £10k gross), Halifax (Everyday Saver - pays 0.25% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), HSBC (Online Bonus Saver - pays 0.45% at £10k gross when no withdrawals made, up from 0.05% and Flexible Saver - pays 0.10%, up from 0.01% at £10k gross), Lloyds Bank (Easy Saver – pays 0.20% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), NatWest/RBS (Instant Saver - pays 0.10% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%), Santander (Everyday Saver - pays 0.10% at £10k gross, up from 0.01%).

Notes to editors

Pioneering financial comparison technology for over 30 years.

Moneyfacts Group plc is the UK’s leading provider of retail financial product data. Used by virtually every bank and building society in the UK, and supplied to the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Ombudsman Service, HM Treasury, Prudential Regulatory Authority and UK Finance.

Our expert research team monitors the thousands of mortgages, savings, credit card, personal loan, business banking, life, pension and investment products in the UK.

Moneyfacts.co.uk is a financial product price comparison site, launched in 2000, which helps consumers compare thousands of financial products, including credit cards, savings, mortgages and many more. Unlike other comparison sites, Moneyfacts.co.uk shows whole of market data regardless of commercial bias, showing consumers a true picture of the best products based on the criteria they select.

We hope you find this press release insightful. We would appreciate a link back to Moneyfacts.co.uk if you decide to source this information.

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Notes to editors

Pioneering financial comparison technology for over 30 years.

Moneyfacts Group plc is the UK’s leading provider of retail financial product data. Used by virtually every bank and building society in the UK, and supplied to the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Ombudsman Service, HM Treasury, Prudential Regulatory Authority and UK Finance.

Our expert research team monitors the thousands of mortgages, savings, credit card, personal loan, business banking, life, pension and investment products in the UK.

Moneyfacts.co.uk is a financial product price comparison site, launched in 2000, which helps consumers compare thousands of financial products, including credit cards, savings, mortgages and many more. Unlike other comparison sites, Moneyfacts.co.uk shows whole of market data regardless of commercial bias, showing consumers a true picture of the best products based on the criteria they select.

We hope you find this press release insightful. We would appreciate a link back to Moneyfacts.co.uk if you decide to source this information.

For more information about us please see our key facts.

Broadcast

Our broadcast suite enables our finance experts to appear in-vision for television, and we regularly comment live on national and regional radio.

To arrange an interview for radio or television, please contact our press department. We have an in-house broadcast room.

 

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