Savings update: RCI and Post Office latest banks to slash rates

15 February 2016

Savings rates continue to fall this week, with internet RCI Bank lowering its rate on its easy-access Freedom account. It now pays new and existing savers 1.55% before tax (1.24% after tax), down from a previous 1.65% (1.32%).

Post Office has also cut its rate on its Online Saver for new savers to 1.2% (0.96%). The RCI account still remains the best deal on offer. Virgin Money pays 1.41% (1.13%), but you are limited to three withdrawals a year.

On fixed rate bonds the top one-year deal comes from RCI Bank at 2.01% before tax (1.61% after), with Charter Savings Bank offering 1.81% (1.45%) for new savers.

For two years, the best rate is 2.25% (1.8%) from RCI Bank or 2.2% (1.76%) from State Bank of India (UK).

Read our article Set yourself a savings goal.

Cash Isa rates

On easy-access cash Isas Coventry Building Society Easy Access Isa pays 1.4% tax-free. It is only bettered by Virgin Money's 1.41% on its Defined Access Isa, which limits you to three withdrawals a year. Kent Reliance and Yorkshire Building Society both pay 1.35%.

Rates on fixed-rate cash Isas have also been cut, with the best one-year rate now 1.5% from Aldermore, Kent Reliance and Shawbrook banks.

On two-year deals you can earn 2% with State Bank of India (UK) or 1.85% with Kent Reliance or Shawbrook.

All these top cash Isa accounts bar Coventry Building Society let you transfer your existing cash Isas into them.

Remember that High street banks don't deserve your loyality.


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