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5 Dec 2019

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Moneyfacts comments on the OFT current account findings

Michelle Slade, analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments:

“The big named banks have for a long time relied on brand and customer loyalty. As highlighted by the Office for Fair Trading (OFT), the result has been that many consumers find themselves in accounts paying little or no credit interest and/or being charged high fees when they have insufficient funds in their accounts.

Institution

Account

Gross Rate

Funding

First Direct

1st Account

Nil

£1.5Kpm

Barclays Bank

Bank Account

Nil

None

The Co-operative Bank

Current

Nil

None

Royal Bank of Scotland

Interest Paying Current Account

0.10%

None

NatWest

Current Plus

0.10%

None

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 16.7.08

“The fact that these institutions pay no or little credit interest is disgraceful. With inflation as high as it is, anyone with money with these banks is effectively losing money.

“Many consumers think that it is too much hassle to switch accounts, particularly as today many of us have numerous direct debits set up from our accounts. However, nearly all institutions have a switcher service, which transfers your direct debits for you, taking the stress out of switching accounts.

“By finding the best account to suit their needs, customers could save hundreds of pounds. If you regularly leave a balance in your account, opt for an account paying a high rate of credit interest. If you regularly live in the red, choose an account with a low overdraft rate.

Highest rate of credit interest

Institution

Account

Gross Rate

Funding

Alliance & Leicester

Premier Direct Current

8.19%* on balances up to £2.5K, 0.1% thereafter

£500pm

Abbey

The Abbey Current Account (Credit Option)

7.72%* on balance up to £1K (£2.5K for transferred accounts), 0.10% thereafter

£1Kpm

Lloyds TSB

Classic Plus

5.84%* on balances up to £2.5K, 0.10% thereafter

£1Kpm

Coventry BS

First

5.46%*

£1Kpm

Halifax

High Interest Current

5.00% on balances up to £2.5K, 0.10% thereafter

£1Kpm

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 16.7.08

*Introductory rate for a limited period

 

Lowest overdraft rates

Institution

Account

Authorised overdraft rate (EAR)

Funding

Alliance & Leicester

Premier Direct Current

0%
(After first 12 months - 50p per day, max £5pm)

£500pm

Norwich & Peterborough BS

Gold Current

7.74%
(0% for the first 6 months – transferred accounts)

£1.5Kpm

Intelligent Finance

Current Account

10.05%

None

cahoot

Current

11.8% APR

None

Nationwide BS

Flex Account

12.9%

None

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 16.7.08

 

“With many families’ finances already stretched to breaking point, the likelihood of them incurring a penalty charge for having insufficient funds in their account increases. This means that the families being penalised are those who can ill afford to pay the penalty charges, which can be as much as £38.

“The cost to the banks for bouncing a cheque or returning an unpaid direct debit is nowhere near this much. Hence why the report from the OFT highlights that the banks make £2.6bn from these charges alone.

“Particularly in these uncertain financial times, consumers need to make sure they are lining their own pockets and not those of the banks.”

 

Moneyfacts Group
Moneyfacts is the UK’s leading independent provider of personal financial information and our data is used and trusted throughout the financial industry. 

 

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