Savings update: Tesco takes easy-access top spot as RCI cuts rate

French-owned RCI Bank has cut the rate on its easy-access Freedom Account to 1% before tax (0.8% after tax) down from 1.2% (0.96%).

The top easy-access rate now comes from Tesco Bank at 1.07% (0.86%) but this comes with a bonus payable for one year. After that the rate drops to 0.4% (0.32%).

Others paying 1% (0.8%) without a bonus include Virgin Money Man United Red Devil Saver, Shawbrook Bank Easy Access 5, Coventry Building Society Easy Access 3, Kent Reliance Easy Access 16 and Aldermore Bank Easy Access 10.

On fixed rate deals the best one-year rate comes from internet-based Charter Savings Bank at 1.38% (1.1%). The bank pays a higher 1.46% (1.17%) if you are willing to tie your money up for 18 months.


Tax free cash Isa rates

On easy-access tax-free cash Isas top rates include 1.1% from Coventry Building Society but you can't transfer your existing Isa savings into this account.

Family Building Society Market Tracker Nisa pays 1.09% and accepts transfers.

The best one-year fixed rate cash Isa from Shawbrook, Aldermore and Kent Reliance banks at 1.1% give you no extra for tying your money up for a year - but at least you will avoid any further falls in easy-access variable rate accounts.

For two years Aldermore and Shawbrook pay 1.2%.

This story was originally written for our sister magazine, Money Observer.

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