Best savings rates this week

In this article, Moneywise reviews regular, children's savings, fixed-rate and instant-access accounts with the best savings rates currently on the market.

Remember, these rates are before tax, but from next year most people will be able to earn £1,000 interest from savings tax-free (depending on your income tax rate). In any case, if you haven't used your cash Isa allowance this tax year, getting an Isa should be your first port of call. See our round-up of the best cash Isa rates.

Unless otherwise specified, all these banks are individually licenced by the FCA, so your savings will be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) up to £75,000. For more details on how the FSCS works, see our guide.

 

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INSTANT ACCESS

If you're looking for an account where you can access your money quickly, then a no-notice deal is a good idea.

Just remember, the interest rate on these accounts is variable so it could decrease down the line.

Also, watch out for sneaky terms and conditions - not all instant access accounts offer unlimited withdrawals, so shop carefully. 

  • RCI Bank’s Freedom Saving Account pays 1.45% AER on balances over £100. The maximum balance is £1,000,000. You can open an account with £1, but sub-£100 balances won’t earn any interest. RCI Bank is covered by the French deposit protection scheme, so savings up to €100,000 are covered.
  • Virgin Money Defined Access E-Saver (Issue 6) pays 1.26% AER on balances over £1, providing you make no more than three withdrawals a year. Otherwise, the rate falls to 0.5%. The maximum balance is £250,000. The account is available online only. An identical account is also available via post, in branch and over the phone.  
  • Shawbrook Bank’s Easy Access Account (Issue 5) pays 1.25% AER on balances over £1,000. There’s a £75,000 maximum balance. This account is online only. 

 

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NOTICE ACCOUNTS

If you are happy to wait a little while before accessing your savings, rates on notice accounts tend to be higher than instant access savings. Some won't allow early access at all, though others may let you withdraw without notice, subject to losing some interest. 

  • Turkish Bank UK’s 90 Day Notice Account pays 1.71% AER on balances between £1,000 (minimum deposit) and £250,000. Accounts can be opened by post or in branch, and once set up transactions can be managed online too.   Turkish Bank UK also has a 60 day notice account paying 1.6% AER, which has the same account restrictions aside from the notice period. Turkish Bank UK has its own FCA licence.
  • Raphaels Bank’s 12 Month Sapphire Notice Account pays 1.7% AER on a minimum £5,000 deposit. The most you can deposit is £250,000. The rate is less than you’ll get on the best one-year fixed rate bond, but it allows one penalty-free withdrawal per year, which must be no more than 10% of the amount in the account. It’s available in branch or by post.
  • Bank and Clients’ 6 Month Notice Account pays 1.6% AER on balances between £1,000 and £1,000,000. The account can be opened in branch or over the phone. If you’re willing to put your money in an account with a 12 month notice period, you can get 1.7% AER, which matches the best one-year fixed rate savings account. 

FIXED RATE

Fixed-rate savings accounts are normally aimed at people with a lump sum that they wish to lock away for a pre-agreed period of time.

Interest is fixed so your return is guaranteed, unlike instant access and notice accounts, which tend to be variable. However, do bear in mind that withdrawals and further deposits are rarely allowed.

 

ONE YEAR

  • Turkish Bank UK’s 1 Year Fixed Term Deposit pays 1.7% AER, fixed for 12 months. Savers can deposit between £5,000 and £250,000. It’s only available in branch and savers have no early access to their money. Turkish Bank UK also has a six-month fixed rate savings account that pays 1.61% AER. The organisation is fully licenced by the UK financial regulator, and deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
  • Charter Savings Bank’s 1 Year Fixed Rate Bond pays 1.66% AER, fixed for a year. Balances must be between £1,000 and £250,000. The account is online only.
  • RCI Bank’s 1 Year Fixed Term Account pays 1.65% AER on balances between £1,000 and £1,000,000. The account is covered by the French deposit protection scheme, so balances up to €100,000 are protected. 
  • Swedish bank Ikano pays 1.6% AER on its 12 month fixed rate bond. Savers can deposit between £1,000 and £1,000,000. As the bank is covered by the Swedish deposit protection scheme, savers’ money is protected up to €100,000. The account is online only. 

 

TWO YEAR

  • My Community Bank 2 Year Fixed Term Deposit pays 2.1% AER on deposits between £1,000 and £15,000. The account is only available online, and no early access is allowed.  
  • Turkish Bank UK’s Two Year Fixed Term Account pays 2% AER on deposits between £5,000 and £250,000. Deposits outside these parameters aren't accepted. Accounts can only be opened in branch. No early access is permitted. 
  • RCI Bank’s Two Year Bond pays 1.9% AER on balances between £1,000 and £1,000,000. It’s only available online, and no early access is allowed. RCI Bank is covered by the French deposit protection scheme, which insures savings worth up to €100,000, not £75,000.

 

MEDIUM TERM (THREE YEAR)

  • My Community Bank’s 3 Year Fixed Term Deposit pays 2.5% AER. Savers can deposit between £5,000 and £15,000. No early access is allowed. The account is online only. 
  • Turkish Bank UK’s 3 Year Bond pays 2.3% AER, on balances between the minimum £5,000 and maximum £250,000. It’s available by post, online or by phone. No early withdrawals allowed.
  • RCI Bank’s 3 Year Fixed Term Deposit pays 2.15% AER. Savers can deposit between £1,000 and £1,000,000. RCI, the banking division of motoring giant Renault, is covered by the French deposit protection scheme, so balances are protected up to €100,000. 

 

LONG TERM (FOUR / FIVE YEAR)

 

REGULAR SAVINGS

The current economic backdrop has not only highlighted the importance of saving, but means more people would like to do it little and often.

  • First Direct Regular Saver pays 6% AER on deposits between £25 and £300 per month. The rate is fixed for 12 months and is only available to existing customers.
  • M&S Bank’s Monthly Saver offers 6% AER on deposits between £25 and £300 to its current account holders. The interest is paid annually, and the rate is fixed for 12 months. After this, the money will either be transferred to your current account or transferred to the everyday savings account, which pays 0.35% AER so you’ll need to make a note in your diary to switch in a year.
  • Nationwide’s Flexclusive Regular Saver pays 5% AER. However, it’s only available to people with a Nationwide Flex current account. Savers can deposit up to £500 per month. It’s available in branch or online. 

 

CHILDREN'S SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

  • Halifax Kids Regular Saver offers a market-leading 4% AER 12-month bond. You can deposit between £10 and £100 in the account each month.  
  • Saffron Building Society pays 4% AER on its instant-access children’s regular savings account. It’s available in branch or by post. It can be held for a year, by anyone up to 15. You can save £100 a month. When the account matues, savings are transferred to an account paying 0.5% AER, so remember to make a note to switch.
  • Dudley Building Society’s Junior Easy Saver pays 3.5% AER on balances over £10, up to the age of 15. At this point, you’ll be transferred to the instant-access Junior Saver, which pays 1.75% AER.

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