Interest rates - can they get any lower

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Interest rates - can they get any lower

Interest rates

When you take out an endowment mortgage, the loan is outstanding for the whole 25 years. In theory, the building societies don't like this and without exception they charge a slightly higher interest rate on the loan. At the time of writing, most of the largest building societies were charging a 0.5% differential over the basic mortgage rate -that is, 113/4 %.

The main exceptions were the Abbey National, Halifax, Nationwide and Woolwich, who all charged a .25% extra. The banks, on the other hand, charged 1% extra (with the exception of Lloyds, who stuck to the 0.5% differential).

The difference is not great. Assuming that tax relief is available on the loan, for every £11,000 the interest payable per month would be £16.56 at 11.25 /0%, £16.70 at 11.5% and £16.85 at 113/4 % net of basic-rate tax.

You should also bear in mind that while with a repayment mortgage (of whatever sort) you are getting tax relief on only part of your payments to the building society -i.e. not on the capital portion with an endowment mortgage your payments to the society are all interest and therefore qualify fully for tax relief (subject to the limit of £130,000).

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Life assurance aspects

An endowment policy is a life assurance vehicle which combines insurance and savings in one package. However, as we have seen, the `low-cost' version normally has a sum assured of about half the value of the loan you have taken out.

This means that, were you to die before you had paid in many premiums, the sum assured would not be sufficient to pay off the loan. So what the life companies have done is to pack into their home-loan low-cost endowment an element of term assurance, to cover the missing bit before the profits have built up to a sufficient sum. You therefore need have no worries on that score. You should, however, remember that, if you do die, the mortgage is only a part of the . . .... see: Life assurance aspects

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