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Santander pulling best buy easy-access savings account tonight

Santander pulls its best buy easy-access savings account TWO WEEKS early – but savers can still grab it if they act fast

  • Limited edition eSaver issue 1 deal will be withdrawn at midnight 
  • Santander initially said the rate would be held until 1 November, unless sold out 
  • It says early withdrawal comes after it experienced unprecedented demand

Santander is withdrawing its best buy easy-access savings account tonight, two weeks ahead of schedule. 

Savers have until midnight to apply for the eSaver Limited Edition deal paying 2.75 per cent on balances up to £250,000 – a deal which is a table-topper in the independent This is Money best buy savings tables.

Having only launched the deal six days ago, the banking giant initially said the rate would be available until 1 November, unless sold out.

Act fast: Santander says any applications received by midnight will still receive the 2.75% rate

It said that the deal was being withdrawn following unprecedented demand from new and existing customers.

It also said that any applications received by 23:59 today will still receive the 2.75 per cent rate once opened. Applications will then be processed over the following days.

From tomorrow, Santander will replace the product with a new issue paying a lower rate of 2 per cent. 

For those that miss out, savers can still secure 2.75 per cent easy-access deal with Cynergy Bank, which can be opened with as little as £1, but this is likely to be also withdrawn soon.

However, savings experts are downplaying any suggestion of Santander’s withdrawal being a turning point in the savings market.  

A spokesperson for the Savings Guru said: ‘The withdrawal of the Santander product tonight is not a surprise – it was great while it lasted but we expect Santander were seeing £150million to £200million of new applications per day and even big banks can’t cope with that for too long. 

‘Savers should grab the Cynergy deal at 2.75 per cent, if they’ve missed the Santander one, as that will go in the next 48 hours too. 

‘However, Skipton’s move up to 2.55 per cent is a good sign that the market will consolidate around 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent on easy access and we expect this to go higher in the run up to the base rate decision on 3 November. 

‘With a 1 per cent rise predicted, we could see easy access rates push past 3 per cent by the year end.’

Santander’s rate cut still caps off a strange day in the savings market, which has seen a number of the top rates withdrawn. 

Earlier today, Allica Bank withdrew the its market leading one-year deal, which was paying 4.5 per cent.

Meanwhile SmartSave bank withdrew its 5.01 per cent five-year rate, with the deal having only been available since Friday, suggesting that savers are even keen on fixing for that long.

A number of savings providers have pulled top rates from market today

A number of savings providers have pulled top rates from market today

At lunchtime, Leeds Building Society announced it was increasing the rates available across its fixed rate cash Isa products. 

However, barely more than an hour later, it contacted This is Money to state that the rate increases had already been ‘paused/cancelled’ and that it would update us with new rates once they have been agreed.

Today’s announcements also follow Coventry Building Society’s decision last week to withdraw all of its fixed rate savings products, just two days after launching a wave of best buys. 

On Wednesday, Coventry launched three market-leading fixed bonds available to new and existing members paying up to 4.85 per cent. 

However by 3pm on Friday they had all been withdrawn.

The mutual, which is Britain’s second biggest Building society is not typically the sort of savings provider to launch and withdraw rates so quickly. 

That said savers are being advised to consider this a case of a few providers re-pricing than the beginnings of a full blown market correction. 

The spokesperson for the Savings Guru added: ‘We don’t think the fixed rate changes today are a turning point for the savings market but more likely misprices being corrected. 

‘The pricing moves made by Allica and Cynergy on Friday were likely agreed before they knew about Coventry Building Society withdrawing and that’s why they’ve been pulled so quickly today. 

‘Both are small providers – Cynergy around £2billion of savings and Allica £1bn and they simply can’t cope with the tens of millions of pounds of applications they will have seen.’