What does a Base Rate hold mean for me?

With the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) deciding not to increase the Bank of England Base Rate for the second consecutive time – what does this means for savers thinking about what to do with their money?

We asked Alex Sitaras, Senior Product & Pricing Leader at Skipton, for his thoughts.

What does the hold on the Base Rate mean?

With the recent drop in inflation rates, and the expectation that this will decrease further over time, the signs suggest that savings rates might have reached their peak. The Bank of England has halted its run of consecutive Base Rate rises, and some savings providers have already started cutting their savings rates.

According to Skipton’s analysis of CACI savings data from August 20231, more than £15 billion is expected to mature from fixed rate products across the market this November. If you have a savings account reaching the end of its fixed term, now might be a good time to look at what you could be doing with your savings to make them work hard for you.

What are my options?

During this period of interest rate uncertainty, there could be ways people can make their money “work harder” and the first really important thing is to take control of your money.

For those savers who can afford to put some of their cash away for a fixed term – a product like a Fixed Rate Bond could give savers the opportunity to lock into rates now and receive the same interest rate for the next few years, provided they are comfortable in locking their money away for that length of time.

However, if you'd like the reassurance of some access to your money if you need it, a variable rate account like our Single Access Saver could be a good option for you.

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1Source: CACI’s CSDB, Stock, August 2023