Sainsbury's pulls new savings bonds after just 24 hours

Sainsbury'sIf you want to get a cracking savings deal, it pays to act quickly!

Sainsbury's launched some cracking fixed rate savings bonds on Monday. They included a five-year bond which paid 4% a year – an excellent return when rates are so low.

However, there was just one problem. Sainsbury's withdrew this bond 24 hours after launch. The supermarket bank withdrew four other fixed rate bonds at the same time.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Sainsbury's says the problem was that some high-paying rival products were withdrawn on Monday and Sainsbury's was hit by a deluge of applications. Sainsbury's then withdrew the bonds on Tuesday.

Never before
Now I've seen savings accounts being withdrawn a week or two after launch, but I don't remember seeing a withdrawal happen the day after launch. It's astonishingly fast.
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It's also very annoying as I'm sure the Sainsbury's products would have appealed to many lovemoney.com readers.

I guess the moral of the story is that if you see an attractive account, don't hang around if you want to apply for it. It may be gone 24 hours later!

Best accounts now
Still, there's no use crying over spilt milk, so let's look at the best fixed rate bonds on the market right now.

I'll start with fixed rate bonds for three and five years.

Top savings bonds for three, four and five years

Account

Interest rate AER

Duration

Minimum investments

Notes

BLME Sharia compliant five year Premier Deposit Account

4.6%
Anticipated profit rate

Five years

£25,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

State Bank of India Hi Return Fixed Deposit

4.5%

Five years

£1,000

Julian Hodge Bank Capital Millennium Bond

4%

Five years

£1,000

Sainsbury's five year Fixed Rate Bond

4%

Five years

£5,000

Account withdrawn

Vanquis Bank five year Fixed Rate Bond

3.91%

Five years

£1,000

BLME Sharia compliant three year Premier Deposit Account

4%
Anticipated profit rate

Three years

£25,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

State Bank of India Hi Return Fixed Deposit

3.85%

Three years

£1,000

Shawbrook Bank Fixed Rate Bond Issue 1

3.8%

Until Oct 6th 2014

£5,000

Kent Reliance Three Year Fixed Rate Bond Issue 5

3.75%

Three years

£1,000

Sainsbury's Three year Fixed Rate Bond

3.75%

Three years

£500

Account withdrawn

Tesco Bank Fixed Rate Saver

3.7%

Three years

£2,000

Bank of Cyprus UK Fixed Rate Bond

3.7%

Three years

£1,000

You'll see that I've put two of the withdrawn Sainsbury's bonds in this table. That's because I want to show that, in spite of the flood of applications, neither bond was the absolute best.

Over five years, you could get an annual rate of 4.6% from the BLME 5-year Premier Deposit Account while State Bank of India will pay you 4.2% a year. The rates on both accounts are well ahead of Sainsbury's withdrawn five-year bond that offered 4% a year.

That said, there's a big potential problem with the BLME account – you need a £25,000 minimum deposit. The minimum deposit for the second-place account, the State Bank of India Hi Return Fixed Deposit, is much lower at £1,000, so that's probably a more attractive replacement for the Sainsbury's account.

Moving onto three-year accounts, you'll see that once again BLME and State Bank of India take the first two places. Indeed the withdrawn Sainsbury's account paid 0.25% less than the table-topping account from BLME.

However, I think I know why so many savers went for the Sainsbury's account even though it didn't pay the highest rate – for both three and five years. With Sainsbury's you could get a highly competitive rate from a well-known and trusted brand in the UK. When you're looking for a safe home for your savings, brand is a crucial factor for many folk.

So if you want a well-known brand, you may want to go for the Tesco Bank Fixed Rate Saver account which pays 3.7% a year and has a minimum deposit of £2000.

Top savings bonds for one and two years

Account

Interest rate

AER

Duration

Minimum investments

Notes

BLME Sharia compliant two year Premier Deposit Account

3.75%
Anticipated profit rate

Two years

£25,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

Islamic Bank of Britain Sharia compliant fixed term deposit

3.75%

Anticipated profit rate

Two years

£1,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

Tesco Bank two year Fixed Rate Saver

3.6%

Two years

£2,000

Vanquis Bank High Yield two year Fixed Rate Bond

3.51%

Two years

£1,000

Post Office Growth Bond Issue 1

3.51%

Two years

£500

Kent Reliance Two Year Fixed Rate Bond Issue 6

3.51%

Two years

£1,000

United Bank UK Two year Fixed Term Deposit

3.5%

Two years

£2,000

Sainsbury's Two year Fixed Rate Bond

3.5%

2 years

£5,000

Account withdrawn

Cahoot One year Fixed Rate Bond

3.6%

Until Nov 1st 2013

£25,000

Santander Super Bond Issue 47

3.51%

Until Oct 1st 2013

£500

BLME Sharia compliant 18 month Premier Deposit Account

3.5%

18 months

£25,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

FirstSave One Year Fixed rate bond 21

3.45%

One year

£1,000

BLME Sharia compliant one year Premier Deposit Account

3.35%

One year

£25,000

'Profit' rather than interest to comply with Sharia

Aldermore One year fixed rate account

3.35%

One year

£1,000

Sainsbury's One-year Fixed Rate Bond

3.26%

One year

£5,000

Account withdrawn

Once again the top rates come from fairly obscure banks. If you want to get the best rate from a high-street name, Tesco offers the best deal with its two year Fixed Rate Saver that pays 3.6% a year. That's actually a higher rate than on Sainsbury's withdrawn two-year account, so my hunch is that Sainsbury's didn't get quite as many applications for that withdrawn bond.

It's a shame that Sainsbury's withdrew its fixed rate bonds so quickly this week. But at least there are some other decent products on the market. If you fancy any of them, I suggest you apply quickly. Just in case there's another withdrawal....

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