Best Childrens Savings Accounts

Best Childrens Savings Accounts

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Open a new Vitality  Junior ISA by 5 April and you’ll get back all your product charges for the first year.  A range of 15 funds available managed by leading fund managers Investec and Vangaurd. Investment booster – boost your child’s Junior ISA by up to 7.7% over 15 years, on top of any returns

Vitality Junior ISA

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Apply online and receive a £30 Amazon e-voucher (T&C’s apply). The OneFamily Junior ISA helps you to save for your child’s future, investing in companies with a responsible outlook on social, ethical and environmental issues

One Family Ethical Junior ISA

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A selection of eight funds to choose from, so you can tailor your child’s investment

Scottish Friendly My Select Junior ISA

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Apply online and receive a £30 Amazon e-voucher (T&C’s apply). The OneFamily Junior ISA helps you to invest for your child’s future. It could help towards going to uni, driving lessons or perhaps helping to pay for a flat of their own.

One Family Junior ISA

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FREE Children’s ISA Guide. Choose from over 2,500 unit trusts and OEICs from leading fund managers. Invest from £25 per month or lump sums of £100

Hargreaves Lansdown Stocks & Shares Junior ISA

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A range of assets including UK and global shares, bonds and cash

Shepherds Friendly Junior ISA

Best Childrens Savings Accounts

To start your kids off on the right foot it is best to shop around for the best children’s savings accounts on the market. See above for our selection of the best children’s savings accounts and investment ideas:

The best children’s savings account for your child will depend on your requirements – they come in all shapes and sizes, including:

  • Children’s Bonus Bonds from NS&I: Tax-free interest with an additional bonus if the money remains untouched for five years.
  • Regular Savings – Watch your child’s savings grow
  • Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISAs): Open one on behalf of your child now until they manage it themselves at age 16
  • Child investments – Compare some of the latest investment opportunities for children’s savings

To find out more about investing in your child’s financial future, see the table for the latest deals. Compare some of the best children’s savings accounts around and apply online.

Offers

Nationwide FlexDirect Account

Earn 5% AER Fixed Interest

  • On balances up to £2,500
  • Interest paid for first 12 months
  • No account fees
  • Easy online account management

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Investec FTSE 100 6 Year Deposit Plan

42% - Maximum Potential Return

  • 6 Year Term
  • Capital Protected
  • Alternative To Medium/Long Term Fixed Rate Bonds
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When trying to save money for the future, there are several options open to cash savers. Options include instant access savings accounts, easy access savings accounts, notice savings accounts, fixed rate bonds and structured deposit plans.

With interest rates at the time of writing at all time lows many savers are looking for a range of best saving plans. For savers who are prepared to tie up capital for a year or more typically higher rates of interest are available from savings providers.

A fixed rate bond is a way of gaining a fixed rate of higher interest on your savings for a fixed period of time, typically between one and five years. Generally speaking the longer your savings can be locked away, the higher the interest rate you can get on your money. Some providers offer fixed rate bonds within a Cash ISA so you benefit from tax free interest returns.

Providers normally have a minimum subscription age of 18 but some providers offer options to younger savers.

Normally there is a minimum commitment for depositing money into a fixed rate bond – usually around £1,000, but this can be more. This makes bonds unsuitable for those who wish to top up a savings account in small increments, as this is not usually possible beyond the first lump sum, therefore could look into alternative savings and investments plans.

Having a fixed term means that bonds have a maturity date at which time you will be contacted by your savings provider and provided with options on how you wish your money to be returned to you – you may be given options of putting the money into a new account in which case you should always shop around before accepting a savings deal offered by an existing provider as the rate of interest may or may not be competitive.

Product providers do not normally allow you to access your money during the term and if they do there are normally conditions which may involve a loss of interest so ensure you read the small print before you sign up. Some fixed interest providers will allow one withdrawal a year without penalties.

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 HMRC tax form R85. Some accounts will pay interest gross and it is up to you to declare any tax owed to the Inland Revenue.

Fixed rate bonds are cash deposit based and you will get back your original deposit plus any interest owed unless the bank or building society gets into serious financial difficulty. In the unlikely event that this happens the Financial Services Compensation Scheme would pay compensation of up to £85,000 per account holder per authorised institution.

The length of time that savers choose to deposit their money depends on personal financial time frames and other budget and savings considerations. If you need rapid access to your cash, bonds are possibly not the best savings option – it might be preferable to look at an alternative savings options or just an instant access savings accounts.

Minimum deposits can vary from £500 to over £2000. Make sure that you are happy to part with that amount of money for a longer period of time! It is worthwhile having a five-year plan of projected expenses – such as mortgages, car purchases, or planning for a family or retirement – to ensure that you will not need access to your fixed rate bonds account.

Withdrawals are either not permitted or restrictions will apply. Read the provider terms and conditions so that you know what you are getting into. Some providers for example will allow one withdrawal during the term without penalties.

The payment of interest can also vary- some offer monthly interest, others quarterly or annually, and some only pay at the end of the agreed term. Choose a product that fits in with your requirements for the best rates of high interest.

Tax is payable on interest accrued unless you are a non tax payer in which case you can receive interest gross if you complete HMRC tax form R85. Alternatively it is often possible to take a Cash ISA fixed rate bond (current cash ISA allowance for 2018/19 is £20,000 per individual) from which interest can be taken tax free.

If you have cash ISAs from previous tax years you may be able to transfer to a new Cash ISA provider offering a fixed rate bond cash ISA deal.

Please note that this information is based on current law and practice which may change at any time.

1. Consider all options – from instant access to fixed rate bonds to instant access options – All have advantages and disadvantages when trying to build a nest egg for the future.

2. Check the market – shop around to find the right savings plan for you. Interest rates are changing all the time and deals come and go on a regular basis.

3. Make sure you find a product that works for you –  The choice of bond is dependent on the amount of money you intend to deposit, the fixed rate, and the length of the fixed rate period. Whether you want the account to be operated on an online account basis, postal basis or telephone basis. These should all be taken into consideration before making your choice. Read the savings provider terms and conditions carefully.

4. Read the fine print – determine when the provider is likely to let you access your money, how much notice is required, and if there are any penalties for requesting access before the bond matures.

5. Some deals require you to have the interest paid into a current account – check the small print.

6. Check the small print on how interest is paid –  If monthly or annually this will be need to be declared if you submit a tax return. If interest is paid on maturity this may be useful for tax planning purposes.

7. Many deals require you to have internet access –  Some are offered on a postal or branch basis – check the small print.

8. Check that your money is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme – they will guarantee £75,000 of savings against institutional failure. Most UK banks should have this cover, but Irish banks that do not have a UK arm may not be covered by the FSCS.

9. Check what happens when your savings product matures – Providers will write to you when your account matures; if you do not respond the provider will often put your savings into a low or no interest holding account until you provide instructions on what you want to do with the money. It is therefore important to diarise the maturity of your bond and have in mind what you want to do with the money.

10. What is the tax treatment if you are a non taxpayer – If you are not a tax payer many providers will pay interest gross on submission of the relevant HMRC tax form.