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BoE: No change to rates

Ryan Fowler

March 6, 2014

The MPC also said it would make no change to the amount of monetary stimulus it provides through quantitative easing.

Interest rates have now been held at the historic low for five years and have profoundly transformed the UK’s saving and housing markets.

Simon Healy, MD for Savings at Aldermore said: “The past five years have been unique because it’s the first time savers have had to go such a long time enduring negative real rates of return after tax and inflation are taken into account.

“Some savings accounts have paid above inflation returns for short periods, but in order to simply preserve the value of their cash, savers would have had to chop and change accounts on an unbearably frequent basis meaning it’s been virtually impossible to achieve a positive net rate of return on a consistent basis over the past five years.

“This has created fertile ground for organisations to launch gimmicks such as bonuses and teaser rates which have successfully lured many savers in, but have proved so confusing and dubious in value over the longer term that they have led to an investigation by the regulator.”

“For borrowers, low-base rates have allowed many to pay-off their mortgage or buy their first home, but for savers, long-term low-base rates have been damaging. Pensioners cannot rely on their fixed-incomes and those approaching retirement are finding it increasingly difficult to top up substantially before they stop working.

“Statistics show that countries with higher saving ratios have lower debts and are socially more responsible. It would be a desperate state of affairs if we lost the value of saving in this country.”


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