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Savings update: Cash Isa rates edge up as tax year end approaches

Thursday, 15 March 2018 | News

Cash Isa rates continue to edge up slowly as we approach the end of the tax year on April 5. 

Challenger banks outperform high street providers in savings battle

Thursday, 15 March 2018 | News

Savers could earn much more interest on their cash by opening accounts with challenger banks, rather than established brands.

Regulator turns attention to unfair savings market

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 | News

The savings market will be looked at by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) once again, as customers continue to receive poor returns on their cash.

NS&I cuts rates on three-year bonds

Friday, 09 March 2018 | News

NS&I has reduced the interest rate it pays new customers on its three-year guaranteed growth and guaranteed income bonds by 0.25%.

Will my son be better off switching his Help to Buy Isa to a Lifetime Isa?

Thursday, 08 March 2018 | Question and Answer

Yes, your son can transfer his Help to Buy Isa into his Lifetime Isa.

Savings update: Nationwide launches market leading Isa

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 | News

Nationwide has launched two top-paying cash Isas.

Complex Isa regime should be scrapped in favour of an 'Everything Isa'

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 | News

A group of MPs and savings experts have called on the government to scrap the current regime of multiple Isas in favour of an ‘Everything Isa’ instead.

Still time to max out this year’s Isa allowance

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 | Article

The end of the tax year is almost here, but there’s still time to make the most of your annual tax-free allowance.

Cash Isa rates rise for the first time in seven years

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 | News

Savers will welcome the news that Cash Isa rates are finally moving upwards after seven years in the doldrums.

Savings update: The week’s top interest rates

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 | News

Here are this week's best savings rates.