HALLOWEEN is the perfect time to face down those “dead” savings accounts that pay almost nowt.
But how best to get more for your hard-earned cash?
You may think there is no point taking action but fixed-rate deals are improving, driven by competition from smaller banks.
The top-paying accounts change all the time but here are some ideas . . .
EASY ACCESS ACCOUNT: Great for savers who may need cash at any time but rates are variable and may fall.
TOP RATE: Coventry Building Society, 0.65%. Put £50 a month into it for a year, and if it did not change you would have £602.11.
REGULAR SAVINGS ACCOUNT: For savers with a specific savings goal who can pay regularly every month.
TOP RATE: NatWest, 3.04%. Put £50 a month into it for a year and you would have £609.88.
LIFETIME ISA: For those saving for a house or retirement. As well as interest from your bank, you get government top-ups worth up to 25 per cent a year. Also available as an investment ISA.
TOP RATE: Moneybox, 0.6%. Put £50 a month in for a year and have £752.30, with the government top-up.
CASH ISA: Protects people with loads of savings from paying tax on interest. You would need more than £70,000 of savings to incur any tax, so if you do not see yourself ever saving that much, go for a better-paying account.
TOP RATE: Cynergy Bank, 0.65% (variable). Put £50 a month in for a year and have £602.11.
NOTICE ACCOUNTS AND FIXED RATE BONDS: Lock away cash for a higher return. You usually cannot save into them regularly and most require a minimum £1,000 deposit. Top payer is Gatehouse Bank which is Shariah-compliant — so rate is expected, not guaranteed.
TOP RATES: Gatehouse Bank, 1.51% for a one-year bond and 2.05% for five-year. Put £1,000 into them, and you would likely have either £1,015 after one year or £1,107 after five.
See moneyfacts.co.uk for the top rates. If you claim working tax credit or Universal Credit, check out the Government’s Help To Save accounts, which give you 50-per-cent bonuses.
- Prices on this page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
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