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ii comments on the Treasury Committee savings rates campaign

8th June 2023 11:49

by Myron Jobson from interactive investor

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The jury is out as to whether intense scrutiny will translate to more competition in the savings market.

Commenting, Myron Jobson, Senior Personal Finance Analyst, interactive investor, says: “With interest rates going up, there is a clear focus on interest on cash savings - but the jury is out as to whether heightened scrutiny will translate to more competition in the savings market.

“The acceleration in the frequency of rate rises in recent history has meant that some savings providers may still be catching up to past base rate rises. It could take months for the increase in interest rates to trickle through to savers – if at all. Yet the passage of interest rate hikes to savings rates serves as a powerful incentive to promote a savings culture among the masses.

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