By: Sandy Kenrick | Updated: 4th January 2021.
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Vanquis just falls short of top spot with their 1-year fixed-rate bond. Its attractive interest rate and grace period of 30 days to fund the account earn the product some brownie points. For Vanquis to get this product to take the coveted first position, however, they would have to up an already impressive interest rate, plus do some tweaking to their deposit thresholds.
What’s not to love about a predictable fixed-rate account that happens to have a good interest rate? Vanquis is hitting some pretty high notes with this product.
I spent ten years as a small business manager in a bank, curating portfolios that spanned fledgling startups to those on the cusp of big business. As a writer, I know that my biggest asset is an in-depth knowledge of the behind-the-scenes of the banking world, along with a strong desire to see clients matched with the right products. I also have a nose for sniffing out gimmick overload and hidden costs, and finding the best deal for the consumer.
While I think that this is a strong contender, Vanquis just falls short of the mark by hoping customer loyalty will make up for their lack of deposit flexibility. There is room for improvement.
If a financial emergency occurs and you need to access the funds, the bank may charge penalty interest, which means you may access your funds but lose the interest you’ve earned. It’s also important to know that the tax is payable by the customer and is not automatically deducted from the return by the bank. Therefore, customers should make note of this on their tax return.
It’s also important to note that while the account can be funded in 30 days as opposed to shorter terms, customers have to do this in one deposit. Some other accounts allow for multiple deposits albeit the shorter deposit term.
New and existing customers can apply online. Further instructions and changes can be done online, or by post, telephone, or secure message.
This is a good starting point for those who wish to build up a nest egg, or increase their wealth in what is considered a lower-risk product. Fixed-rate deposits are also fixed term, which means that no early access is allowed on the product. This is not an ideal product for emergency savings, as the money is tied up for a year.