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15 Dec 2019

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Savers and borrowers still waiting to see if their rates will be cut

Julia Harris, analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk investigates:

“Five weeks on from Decembers shock reduction in base rate, many experts are predicting yet another cut tomorrow. Despite the festive period we would have expected the dust to have settled by now, with most lenders and savings providers having made a decision. But some lenders and savings providers are still undecided, with mortgage borrowers continuing to be charged at a potentially higher rate, while some savers may be happily sitting on higher than expected return.

Mortgages

“There are currently ten mortgage lenders who have failed to make any announcement as to whether their SVR will be changing. Included are several smaller building societies, but more surprisingly it’s unusual to see some larger providers such as Skipton still undecided.

Lenders yet to announce:

Bath BS

Manchester BS

Ecology BS

Marsden BS

Harpenden BS

Monmouthshire BS

Intelligent Finance

Principality BS

Ipswich BS

Skipton BS

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“Of the 89 lenders that have reduced their rates 18 have opted for a cut of less than 0.25%, meaning any borrower on a SVR deal or a discounted rate linked to the lenders SVR will not be seeing the benefit of the full 0.25% cut they may have been expecting.

Lenders who have passed on less than 0.25%

Alliance & Leicester

-0.20%

Catholic BS

-0.17%

Cheshire BS

-0.20%

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

-0.15%

Earl Shilton BS

-0.20%

Egg

-0.15%

Mansfield BS

-0.20%

First Trust Bank (NI)

-0.15%

Northern Bank (NI)

-0.20%

Loughborough BS

-0.15%

Nottingham BS

-0.20%

Northern Rock

-0.15%

Scottish Widows Bank

-0.20%

Scottish BS

-0.15%

Ulster Bank (NI)

-0.20%

Beverley BS

-0.14%

Saffron BS

-0.19%

Dunfermline BS

-0.10%

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“Whatever the amount the lender has passed on following the base rate cut, what’s more important for borrowers, especially those on a reverts to SVR is the actual rate they are being charged.  Some lenders decisions may have been to re-align their rates with competitors.

Lowest SVR

Lender

SVR rate

Stafford Railway BS

6.34%

First Direct

6.50%

Harpenden BS

6.69%

Cambridge BS

6.70%

Homesdale BS

6.74%

HSBC

6.75%

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Highest SVR      


Lender

SVR

The Mortgage Business

7.94%

Birmingham Midshires Solutions

7.94%

Bank of Scotland Mortgages

7.85%

Marsden BS

7.79%

Manchester BS

7.79%

UCB Home Loans

7.79%

Savings

Lenders yet to announce:

Anglo Irish Bank

BMW Savings

Catholic BS

Chesham BS

Chorley & District BS

Citibank

Cumberland BS

Direct Line

Ecology BS

Harpenden BS

Icesave

Marsden BS

Northern Rock

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 “Of the 116 savings providers 12 have not announced a drop in their rates. Of these only Cumberland BS has announced a rate commitment to their savers guaranteeing not to change their rates until April 2008. A brave move considering the current climate, and almost certain predictions of a further rate cut within the not so distant future.

“22 providers have cut some rates on either individual accounts or tiers by more than the quarter point reduction imposed by the Bank of England. These include some of the larger providers, such as HSBC, Alliance & Leicester, Halifax, Lloyds TSB, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland.

“Such large cuts are disappointing, savers should invest a little time to check their current rate and how it compares to the market. Don’t accept a poor paying account, vote with your feet. Rates above 6% are easily found, so don’t settle for a gross rate of anything less than 5.35% if you are a standard rate tax payer otherwise in the longer term your savings will fall in value.”

 

 

 

Providers who have passed on more than the 0.25% cut:

Chelsea BS

by up to 0.30%

Derbyshire BS

by up to 0.30%

Dudley BS

by up to 0.30%

Leeds BS

by up to 0.30%

Nationwide BS

by up to 0.30%

Northern Bank (NI)

by up to 0.30%

Norwich & Peterborough BS

by up to 0.30%

Scarborough BS

by up to 0.30%

Britannia BS

by up to 0.35%

Clydesdale Bank

by up to 0.35%

First Trust Bank (NI)

by up to 0.35%

NatWest

by up to 0.35%

Nottingham BS

by up to 0.35%

Royal Bank of Scotland

by up to 0.35%

Sainsbury's Bank

by up to 0.35%

Yorkshire Bank

by up to 0.35%

Lloyds TSB

by up to 0.40%

Bradford & Bingley

by up to 0.40%

Halifax

by up to 0.40%

HSBC

by up to 0.49%

Alliance & Leicester

by up to 0.50%

Ulster Bank (NI)

by up to 0.50%

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