Instant Access Savings Accounts

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Instant Access Savings Accounts Deals
ProviderAccountInterest Rate (AER)TermApply
1.10%Instant AccessMore Info >
MARKET LEADING: Earn 1.10% gross/AER Instant Access. No notice periods. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Pay in from £100. RCI Bank are protected up to a total of €100,000 by the FGDR, the French deposit protection scheme. Manage account online.
0.94%Instant AccessMore Info >
1.00% tax free/0.89% AER conditional bonus, fixed until 17 May 2018. Must pay in new 2017/18 £20,000 ISA subscription between 6th April and 5th May 2017 to qualify for bonus. Bonus is in addition to standard tiered interest rates. Online, phone or branch access.
0.90%Instant AccessMore Info >
1.00% tax free/0.89% AER conditional bonus, fixed until 17 May 2018. Must pay in new 2017/18 £20,000 ISA subscription between 6th April and 5th May 2017 to qualify for bonus. Bonus is in addition to standard tiered interest rates. Online, phone or branch access.
0.75%Current Account
Instant Access
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Innovative new banking service powered by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. Get your current account and instant access savings account working together. Earn 0.75% AER on ALL instant access savings balances, and 0.25% AER on current account balances up to £2,000 (From 2nd May 2017, 0.50% AER variable on £1+ will apply). No monthly account fee
0.75%Easy AccessMore Info >
0.75% gross/AER on balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Guaranteed to be at least 0.50% above Base Rate** until 31st December 2017. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest.
up to 0.05%Instant accessMore Info >
0.05% AER Gross (variable) for balances over £50,000 (0.01% AER Gross variable for balances under £50,000). Open with £1. Interest paid monthly. No penalties and no withdrawal charges. Manage your account online, in branch or by phone. Over 16s only
0.01%Instant accessMore Info >
0.01% AER Gross (variable). Open with £1. Interest paid monthly. No penalties and no withdrawal charges. Manage your account online, in branch or by phone. Over 16s only

Gross is the interest you will receive before tax is deducted.

AER stands for the Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year.

Latest Current Account Deals
 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
3% AER**£25 interest and fee free overdraft plus £10 buffer£500 per monthFree3% AER variable in-credit interest on balances up to £1,500More Info >
TSB Classic Plus Current Account

  • 3% AER on balances up to £1,500. Must pay in £500 a month, register for internet banking and paperless statements and paperless correspondence 
  • £5 cashback every month just for regularly spending with your debit card (minimum of 20 debit card payments) and £5 cashback every month just for paying two direct debits. Offer from 1st March 2017. Ends June 2018 (T&C's apply)
  • Plus if you also use an eligible TSB credit card you can earn up to £60 cashback in a year on that too. Representative 18.9% APR (variable). Subject to status. Must be 18+ and UK resident. Ends June 2018
  • £10 interest-free overdraft buffer
  • If you go overdrawn by more than £10, TSB's Grace Period means that you have until 10pm (UK Time) to pay in enough money to avoid any overdraft fees you may incur that day
  • 0% interest on planned overdraft up to £25
  • No monthly fee
  • Must be 18 or older and UK resident
  • 19.84% AER (variable) and a Monthly Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 apply to amounts of £25 and over
1.50%*Fee free for 4 months then £1 per day£500 per month£5 pm*1.50% AER (variable) on your entire balance up to £20,000 (3.0% AER until 1st November 2016). Up to 3% cashback on household bills.More Info >

Santander 123 Current Account

  • *1.50% AER (variable) payable on your entire balance up to £20,000 (3.0% AER until 1st November 2016).
  • Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on water, council tax bills and Santander mortgage payments, 2% on gas and electricity bills, and 3% on mobile phone, home phone, broadband and paid-for TV packages
  • Visa Debit Card
  • Mobile app
  • Withdraw up to £300 a day from any Santander or Link cash machine
  • Must be 18 or older and a UK resident
  • Interest and Cashback only available when you set up at least two eligible Direct Debits 
  • Monthly fee of £5
  • Must pay a minimum of £500 into the account each month
N/A0% for first £250No minimumFree if funding £1,000 or £10 below £1,000£100 for switching into account. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. £100 if not satisfied after 6 monthsMore Info >

First Direct 1st Current Account

  • A current account that works together with your life
  • Switch your current account and you'll get £100
  • £250 free of overdraft interest
  • Comes with satisfaction guarantee - if you're not happy you'll get £100
  • Mobile banking on the go with app for iPhone, Android and iPad
  • Beautifully designed Internet Banking service
  • Award winning customer service from real people answering your calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • 1st Account Banking with Britain's most recommended bank (Source: GfK NOP FRS, 6 months ending May 2015.) 
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month to qualify for free banking and £100 offers


ProviderAccountInterest RateTermApply

2.07%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 2.07% gross/AER fixed for 60 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.93%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.93% gross/AER fixed for 48 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.91%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.91% gross/AER fixed for 36 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.76%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.76% gross/AER fixed for 30 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.71%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.71% fixed interest. 24 month term. Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected
1.50%Current Account
Instant Access
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Monthly Interest of 1.50% AER (variable) payable on your entire balance up to £20,000 (3.0% AER until 1st November 2016). Monthly Cashback on selected household bills. Must pay in £500 into the account each month.

1.43%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.43% gross/AER fixed for 15 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.42%

per annum

£1,000More Info >
Earn 1.42 gross/AER fixed for 12 months. £1,000 minimum deposit. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

1.25%

per annum

3 YearMore Info >
1.25% gross/AER fixed for 3 years. £1,000 minimum opening balance. Withdraw cash early if you need to (subject to loss of interest).

1.20%

per annum

2 YearMore Info >
1.20% gross/AER fixed for 2 years. £1,000 minimum opening balance. Withdraw cash early if you need to (subject to loss of interest).
1.10%Instant AccessMore Info >
MARKET LEADING: Earn 1.10% gross/AER Instant Access. No notice periods. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Pay in from £100. RCI Bank are protected up to a total of €100,000 by the FGDR, the French deposit protection scheme. Manage account online.
1.13%1 YearMore Info >
1.13% gross/AER fixed for 1 year. £500 minimum opening balance. Withdraw cash early if you need to (subject to loss of interest).
0.96%Easy AccessMore Info >
Earn 0.96% tax free/AER variable. Open with £100. Unlimited free withdrawals. Transfer in ISAs held elsewhere - no limit
0.75%Current Account
Instant Access
More Info >
Innovative new banking service powered by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. Get your current account and instant access savings account working together. Earn 0.75% AER on ALL instant access savings balances, and 0.25% AER on current account balances up to £2,000 (From 2nd May 2017, 0.50% AER variable on £1+ will apply). No monthly account fee
0.75%Easy AccessMore Info >
0.75% gross/AER on balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Guaranteed to be at least 0.50% above Base Rate** until 31st December 2017. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest.

About Instant Access Savings Accounts

While there are many savings accounts on the market many do not offer much of a financial advantage as they offer interest that only matches the base rate set by the Bank of England – currently around 0.5%. If you are prepared to shop around you can find savings accounts that pay competitive levels of interest but still allow instant or "easy" access. Instant access savings accounts as the term suggests allows you to access your money without penalty although some accounts may stipulate a maximum number of withdrawals per year.


For savers looking to access their money regularly, a good instant access savings account will offer flexible withdrawal facilities while combining these with a good rate of interest. Although fixed rate bonds or notice accounts offer better long-term rates of interest, they generally do not allow savers to take their money out until the bond has matured or provide restrictions on withdrawals and may apply penalties. The ability to access funds at short notice can be very helpful. This flexibility comes at the cost of greater interest.

 

Why Choose an Instant Access Savings Account in 2016

 

Everybody should be saving, and with the unpredictable economic climate, people should keep a nest-egg handy to cover unexpected expenses. Saving is a good discipline to develop - most independent financial advisors recommend keeping the equivalent of three to six months’ salary saved up to provide a financial buffer in case of unforeseen circumstances e.g. redundancy. Instant access savings accounts provide a good home for short term goals, such as a holidays or school fees although you may also want to consider notice accounts and fixed rate bonds for timescales greater than 3 months.


With the Bank of England Base rate at an all-time low, making sure you are maximising the interest on your savings is as important as it has ever been particularly taking into account the erosionary impact of inflation over time. If you are prepared to shop around it is still possible to earn higher rates of interest on your savings by comparing and choosing a range of savings plans, that suits your needs.

 

How to Choose an Instant Access Savings Account for 2016

The first thing to establish when choosing an instant access savings account is whether the interest rate is fixed or variable. Bonus rates can be very favourable for savers to place their money onto an instant access account – often offering rates of interest for the first few months, and giving the providers an attractive rating on comparison websites - but providers often lower the rate shortly after, reducing the competitiveness of the interest gained during this time and rely on savers not to notice the drop.


Within variable-rate savings accounts, the rate of interest on any account can go down as well as up. For the saver, this means it is important to constantly monitor the performance of the savings account and be prepared to move to a better-performing account. An account paying 3% AER may have a bonus which could represent more than half of this rate e.g. 2% payable after 12 months. After this time the rate would drop to 1% AER - not so competitive! While this account provides a good rate initially, you need to consider shopping around for a better deal after 12 months so relies on you being proactive to ensure you are maximising interest return.

 

What you should be aware of when using an Instant Access Savings Account for 2016?

  • Initial rates that include a bonus may seem less favourable after the first year – be prepared to move your money at the end of this period as future rates will drop.

  • Offers from Internet-only banks are sometimes preferred as these providers do not have to maintain a high street presence, minimising overheads. However, if you are not technically confident, maintaining an account over the computer can often be troublesome and you may prefer dealing with a human being in a branch who can answer your questions directly.

  • Some accounts can be opened and maintained with a minimal deposit – often as low as £1 – but many providers will offer incentives such as tiered interest rates to encourage savers to commit more of their money to the account. Make a point of regularly looking at the top 10 instant savings account providers to see who has taken pole position in the league tables – especially if their rates are better than the returns that your money is currently receiving. Use a comparison website to check other providers’ rates, as many savers will be doing the same.

  • Interest paid on your savings is treated as income and you may have to pay tax on it depending on your circumstances. If you don’t pay tax you can receive interest gross if you complete tax form R85. Some accounts will pay interest gross and it is up to you to declare any tax owed to the Inland Revenue.

 

With interest rates at the time of writing at an all-time low the impact in real terms of inflation on your money is not to be underestimated in eroding the buying power of your hard earned cash. Use our savings account comparison tables to ensure you get a good savings rate.

 

Top Ten Tips for using Instant Access Savings Accounts in 2016

1. Even though you might be attracted by the idea of “Instant Access”, don’t consider the account as a convenient source of regular withdrawals- that is what your current account is for.


2. Keep focusing on a significant purchase that might require rapid access- a new car or a wedding- and let the account work for you.


3. Be vigilant to changes in the rate offered by the provider.


4. Unlike high street savings branches, internet-only savings accounts will not allow you to access your money directly- this will need to be transferred into your current account, and this might not be instant - could take a few days.


5. Check when interest is due to be paid – is it monthly or annually? Is there an incentive to leave your money in the account for at least one year?


6. Check to see if your provider also requires you to open a current account, before opening a savings account.


7. For savers who are not comfortable with internet transactions, it might be preferable to look for a provider that provides branch access options.


8. Check for withdrawal penalties- by taking your cash out early you might risk the interest on your savings.


9. If you have money remaining in your current account at the end of each month it is worth moving it over to your savings account- no matter how little- as this will all contribute to workable funds and help earn interest.


10. Work out how much you are likely to have saved by the end of the year- and the interest that is likely to be paid.