Best one-year short-term fixed-rate bonds In recent weeks, providers have been vying for savers’ deposits, with a number launching new products and upping their rates. If you’re willing to lock your savings away for 12 months, Atom Bank’s new bond offers 2.03% AER on your savings and you can open an account with just £50. These bonds differ from bank and building society bonds in that the income is automatically paid out after 20% savings tax. The best rate for savers who have less money to put into three-year bonds is 2.3pc, from Zenith. This deal only requires £1,000 to take out, can be opened through post or email and is managed online.