Loan rates at lowest level in four years

Published by Rebecca Rutt on 05 January 2012.
Last updated on 05 January 2012

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Interest rates on personal loans have dropped to their lowest levels in four years giving some light relief to borrowers.

Marks & Spencer Money is the latest provider to lower its rates by 0.4% to 6% on a loan of £10,000 over a five-year period.

Since the beginning of 2012, seven lenders including Santander, Barclays and Tesco Bank have lowered their rates on personal loans helping customers looking to consolidate their debts.

The lowest loan rate available a year ago was 8.4% from Tesco Bank, two years ago it was 7.8% from yourpersonalloan.co.uk, three years ago it was 6.8% from Masterloan and four years ago it was 5.8% from Moneyback Bank.

Rachel Springall, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, says: “It will be interesting to see whether other lenders follow suit over the coming weeks. Customers must shop around for the best deal as loan rates are continuing to fall in this competitive market."

Current lowest rates on personal loans (based on borrowing £10,000 over a five year term)

LENDER APR LENDER APR
POST OFFICE 7.4% NATIONWIDE BUILDING SOCIETY 6.4%
SANTANDER 6.9% TESCO BANK  6.1%
SAINSBURY'S FINANCE 6.4% MARKS AND SPENCER MONEY 6.0%

 

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