The Bank of England today announced it is holding the base rate at its 0.5% historic low for the 16th consecutive month.
The low interest rate environment has meant savers have seen the returns on their nest eggs slashed over the past year and a half.
However, as the market is stable, now is a good time for savers to check what they're earning on their money and switch elsewhere, if necessary (see the Top Savings guide for the best picks).
Homeowners with mortgages linked to the base rate or their lender's standard variable rate (SVR) have generally been paying relatively low rates over the past 18 months, though some building society SVRs have risen in that time (see the SVRs up MSE News story, and the Remortgage Guide).
Prior to the present benign period, there were six months of falls. In October 2008, base rate started to tumble from the then 5% level to its current low.
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