The Bank of Scotland has a fantastic opportunity for first time buyers saving a deposit for their first home – doubled up savings.
The way this works is that savers who regularly deposit money into a Bank of Scotland savings account, up to a maximum amount saved of GBP5,000, will have the balance matched by the home builder Persimmon. The one proviso is that this only happens if the savings are used as a deposit on a new house.
A spokesman from the housebuilder saw it as making a real difference for first time buyers, though they would still need a considerable amount saved elsewhere in order to make the 25 percent minimum deposit most mortgage providers require. The Bank of Scotland are also in favour of the scheme as they want to help home buyers as much as they can.
The Abbey National is making a one year fixed rate bond available for a limited period, with an interest rate of 6.75 percent. To earn this high rate the bond needs an investment of at least GBP30,000, though anything from GBP1 upwards to that figure will still return a very attractive 6.35 percent. The Abbey National investment bond is on limited availability, with a window of less than a month to get money into it. Starting on August 4 the offer closes at the end of August. The market really likes fixed rate savings bonds said an Abbey National spokesperson, hence their introduction of this particular one now. Anyone interested is advised to act quickly to ensure availability.
Although we are always told that saving should be one of the first things we do the latest survey results from the Nationwide Building Society show that only a quarter of us are ranking it highly. The main reason for this at the moment has to be the cost of living, which is changing the focus of the population towards covering the rising costs of bills rather than saving. This is supported by an aspect of the Nationwide Building Society study that showed how over 60 percent of people felt they were not saving enough. In real terms this is the time when people should save even harder than usual. Looking at an uncertain future consumers really need to be building up a resource they can call upon should they face unexpected costs. The Nationwide Building Society, along with most other financial institutions, suggests having enough cash to manage for around three months.
Savers looking for a guaranteed return over a fixed term and a low minimum investment should pop down to the Post Office where they have introduced a bond that offers just that. The Post Office bond pays interest over a 12 month period at a rate of 7.05 percent and with a minimum investment of just GBP500 is accessible to pretty much everyone. As long as customers can leave the money intact for the year then they can earn a great rate of interest guaranteed. Such guaranteed investments are becoming more popular than ever now that the economy is in such a difficult position. Investors are looking for security rather than extravagant claims. For anyone interested in what is an excellent savings and investment opportunity the bond can be invested in either direct at the Post Office Insurance counter, by phone or online and that GBP500 minimum investment amount is certain to make it very popular.