Banks set out plans to hike savings rates next week

HSBC UK logo

Yahoo Finance – HSBC UK is boosting the interest rates on some savings accounts with increases of up to 0.75 percentage points, the bank has announced.

The increases will come into effect next week, on Thursday June 8.

They include a 0.75 percentage point increase on the bank’s mysavings and premier savings youth accounts, taking rates to 5.00%.

The rate on HSBC’s online bonus saver instant access account, for balances up to £10,000, will rise by 0.50 percentage points to 4.00%. The rate on balances over £10,000 increase by 0.30 percentage points to 2.30%.

The bank is also making increases of up to 0.50 percentage points on its Isa range.

And its one-year, fixed-rate saver increases by 0.40 percentage points to 4.40%, with a two-year, fixed-rate saver increasing by 0.35 percentage points to 4.45%

Pella Frost, HSBC UK’s head of everyday banking, said: “We know that having a savings habit helps build financial resilience and means that you’re better placed to handle any disruption.”

On Thursday, First Direct announced savings rate increases that will also take place from June 8.

Among the increases, a cash Isa rate will rise from 2.30% to 2.50%.

This follows the launch this week of First Direct’s one-year, fixed-rate saver account, at a rate of 4.60%.

As well as increasing rates on some accounts, First Direct is still offering 7.00% on its regular saver account.

Concerns have been raised about some longstanding savers languishing on low rates as the Bank of England base rate rises and people have been urged to ditch and switch if they are sitting a poor deal.

The Treasury Select Committee and consumer group Which? have been among those highlighting the issue and pressing banks to take action.

Bank of England figures released this week showed that Isa savings received a record £9 billion boost in April, as the new tax year got under way.

There were suggestions that this could be due to savers being attracted by improving rates, wanting to shelter more of their money from the taxman and the desire to shore up their money at a time of economic uncertainty.

Savings rates have been improving at a time when some mortgage deals have vanished from the market in recent weeks amid fluctuating swap rates, which underpin fixed-rate mortgages.

Some experts have suggested that mortgage rates could tick upwards amid expectations that the Bank of England base rate will need to rise higher than its current level of 4.5%.

Rachel Springall, a finance expert at Moneyfactscompare.co.uk said: “HSBC’s rate increases will be welcome news for their loyal customers, and the new rates across easy access, regular savings are competitive in the present market. The mysavings children’s account will pay 5%, one of the best returns in its sector.

“As a whole, the savings market has been blessed by rate increases thanks to a combination of the Bank of England rate rises and competition.

“Away from the biggest banking brands, challenger banks continue to jostle for table-topping positions to entice savers’ deposits, so it’s wise to keep a close eye on the moving market.

“Those savers who have not reviewed their savings pots for a few months should be encouraged to do so, as where a top rate on easy access accounts of 1% could not be acquired at the start of 2022, savers would now find 3% or more as a competitive return in the present market on offer from various providers.

“As interest rates continue to rise, it’s uncertain whether savers would be content to lock their cash away for more than a year, particularly if they feel more improvements could surface or if they need the reassurance of dipping into their savings pot.

“Spreading cash across both easy access accounts and short-term fixed to secure a guaranteed return could be a wise move to get the best of both worlds.

“However, savers who are comparing easy access accounts must be mindful that not all of them allow unlimited withdrawals and, in some cases, heavy bonuses can apply for just 12 months – so it’s wise to make a note to switch before they expire.”

Ms Springall said notable deals on the market include an easy access account from Hanley Economic Building Society at 4.50%.

Teachers Building Society and Marsden Building Society are offering variable cash Isa rates of 4.00%, meanwhile, according to Moneyfactscompare.co.uk.

NatWest and RBS also have regular saver accounts offering 6.17% interest, according to Moneyfacts’ “best buy” tables.

Image by: Yahoo Finance

Shopping Cart

Media Kit

    Data Protection

    Personal Data (“Data”) submitted for Media Kit (“Media Kit”), and/or collected in the form of first name, last name, email address and other contact details may be used for the purposes of inviting you to future events and for reaching out to you with content which may be of interest to you. For these purposes, The Digital Banker will share the Data with our associate companies (including event and content sponsors) to promote their products and services. You will also be automatically subscribed as a user on www.thedigitalbanker.com. If you would like to opt-out, email us at [email protected].

    By clicking Submit, you acknowledge that you consent/ have sufficient informed consent to the collection, use and disclosure of Data as set out above.

    The Digital Banker Summit

    Moving on from FTX: is 2023 the year of CBDCs?

    Indonesia, Jakarta

    Thailand, Bangkok

    Philippines, Manila

    Contact Us

      Data Protection

      The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

      Request Nomination Pack

        Data Protection

        The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

        Registration Form

          Data Protection

          The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

          Registration Form

            Data Protection

            The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

            Registration Form

              Data Protection

              The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

              Registration Form

                Data Protection

                The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

                Registration Form

                  Data Protection

                  The information you provide will be held on our database and may be used to keep you informed of our and our associate companies’ products and for selected third party mailings. Please tick the box if you would prefer not to be contacted for these purposes:

                  The world’s preeminent Private Banks and Wealth Managers are demonstrating a committed drive in innovation, advisory, new products and services to meet the sophisticated needs of their clients.

                  COVID-19
                  Amid economic activity revival on the back of the Covid-19 vaccine program, organisations moving from business continuity plans to stable working environments, together with the slightest improvement in unemployment numbers, forced the world to adjust to new realities. Coming to terms with the “new normal”, global investors are now on the look-out for attractive and stable investment opportunities.

                  Needs of Private Wealth customers and families worldwide have drastically changed due to the pandemic and banks have had to accelerate efforts to deploy a multi-channel service strategy and safeguard clients’ businesses and wealth against negative impacts of economic uncertainly.

                  The Global Private Banking Innovation Awards will recognise the world’s best private banks, wealth managers and asset managers that are championing innovation across advisory, service, products, customer experience and more.

                  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. 

                  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

                  Request Nomination Pack

                  Error: Contact form not found.