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12 Jul 2010

The Recovery

The recent financial crisis is becoming a faded memory, but there are some significant points about what has just happened that will have an impact on the coming years. Oddly enough, during the recession, UK householders actually experienced a significant increase in spending power because of the incredibly low interest rates. Any mortgages that have been linked to the Bank of England base rate have dropped significantly allowing families to ride the storm with comparitive ease (assuming that income has been maintained).
Mortgage rates are not set to move just yet, but it must be accepted that these low rates cannot be retained indefinitely and sooner or later will rise at least part way back to the previous level. THIS is when the impact will start to hit home a little more. Personally I have decided to overpay my mortgage while the level is so artificially low, in my opinion, regarding this boost as avaiable income may be a huge mistake. The rate has been below 1% for nearly 18 months, and I am guessing that this has put a couple of hundred pounds or more into many households pockets during the recession. If this money has been incorporated into the household spending, when the base rates resumes it's previous levels, this extra budget will have disappeared, and spending must follow suit otherwise we may find ourselves exposed to debt.
My own plan is to gradually cut back on the overpayment as the interest rises until I am left with no overpayment. The added bonus of the overpayment is of course, that I am paying off the capital at a faster rate than if I pay the minimum rate that my mortgage demands. The result of this is that the actual interest on the diminishing principal is falling too.
In the light of financial measures that will be taken to resolve the national debt issues, average incomes are likely to be more or less static for the next few years, a rising interest rate may leave families feeling the effects of the recession that they previously managed to avoid.

related posts:
bank rate drops to 1% (Jan 2009)
declining base rate (Feb 2009)
interest rate news (Jan 2009)

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