Saver of the week: Yorkshire BS fixed-rate bond

Piggy bank

Yorkshire Building Society has launched a one-year fixed-rate bond, which is paying a competitive 3.55%.

The Fixed Rate e-Bond offers one of the best one-year fixed rates, only beaten by Cahoot's 3.6% one-year account. However, the latter requires a £25,000 initial deposit, while you only need a £1,000 deposit for the Yorkshire account.

The e-Bond can only be accessed online but there is a branch-based version, paying the same rate, for customers who prefer face-to-face banking.

Limited-issue product

As it is a bond, withdrawals or early closures are not permitted. Additional deposits are allowed, however, as long as the savings account remains open to new investors. Any further deposits must be transfers, either from another bank or building society account or another account held with Yorkshire.

Interest rates are fixed and you can choose to have it paid either monthly or on maturity, which is 31 July 2013.

This is likely to be a popular account so if you wish to apply you need to act quickly as it is a limited-issue product, which means it can be withdrawn at any time.

You can apply either online at the building society's website,, or by calling 0845 1200 100.

Your Comments

Just read your article where your advice for somebody who has limited time to save  .. about 10 years was to open specific "fund accounts. When you showed the example of £100 now = about £93  after 3 years then I fail to see how that is good. A lot of companies have steep management charges as well as set up costs. 10k is  not a lot to play with so I would set up 2-3,5% Reg Savers out of a halifax reward account paying £5 each month and have  a Santander 123 current  account and credit car for bills. AA have a 2yr bond paying 3.8% so I would invest in that whilst things stabilise.
Shuddered when I saw the ad for investing in Asia .... please read the sad story of Ian Bolton and his China Sits fund  before parting with any pennies.