An undeclared tax on savers

This week saw a pretty depressing anniversary: the UK base rate has now been at 0.5% for five long years. Five years is enough time for most people to get used to anything. So it is worth remembering how extraordinary this is. We have records of UK rates going back to the late 1600s, so we know that they have never been this low before.

Interest rates are at 300-year lows. There have been huge winners from this – anyone with a mortgage they shouldn’t really be able to afford, banks, big companies who can easily take out cheap [...]

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