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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.58%

Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Aldermore
Double Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER Up to 0.6%

Why we like it: 0.60% AER if customer makes two or fewer withdrawals within an anniversary year. Monthly or annual interest. Manage your account online. Covered by the FSCS. If a customer makes three or more withdrawals in an anniversary year the rate reduces to 0.10% from the date of the third withdrawal. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Hampshire Trust Bank
Online Easy Access Account Hampshire Trust Bank
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.5%

Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.5%

Why we like it: Market Leading. Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.4%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Hampshire Trust Bank
120 Day Notice Account Hampshire Trust Bank
Min deposit £1
Term 120 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.9%

Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice

Hampshire Trust Bank
95 Day Notice Account Hampshire Trust Bank
Min deposit £1
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.85%

Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.82%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.

Investec Savings
32 Day Notice Account Investec Savings
Min deposit £1000
Term 32 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.8%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid monthly. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Withdrawals subject to 32 days notice. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older

Aldermore
120 Day Notice Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 120 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: Monthly interest. Manage your account online. Unlimited deposits. Covered by the FSCS. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice. Maximum deposit £1,000,000

Aldermore
30 Day Notice Cash ISA Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 30 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. ISA transfers in allowed. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Withdrawals subject to 30 days notice

Aldermore
30 Day Notice Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 30 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Monthly interest. Manage your account online. Unlimited deposits. Covered by the FSCS. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 30 days notice. Maximum deposit £1,000,000

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RCI Freedom Savings Account

A great way to focus on your savings is opening the RCI Bank's high interest account, the Freedom Savings Account.

With one of the UK's top rates, unlimited access and a 7 days per week UK support service, the RCI Freedom Savings account is a great option to kick-start a new savings habit.

Unlike other savings accounts, you can enjoy free, unlimited payments and withdrawals.

The RCI Bank Freedom Savings Account, which has no restrictions on access, pays a competitive 1.30% AER (variable). This places the account at the top of the easy access savings tables.

You can open the Freedom Savings account with a relatively low £100 deposit which also compares favourably to the £1,000 required by some other savings accounts.

RCI provides, as standard:

  • Competitive easy access savings rate
  • No penalties, tiers, fees or notice periods
  • Pay in from £100 up to £1m
  • Interest paid monthly or annually
  • Easy saver rates
  • Deposits are protected up to €100,000 by their deposit guarantee scheme
  • Unlike many accounts which are internet-only, you can operate the Freedom account both online and on the phone

However, if you are planning on investing a large sum of money (around the £70,000 mark) it's important to understand that RCI bank does NOT fall under the UK Financial Services Compensation. Instead you money is protected by the French Deposit Guarantee Scheme (Fonds de Garantie des Dépôts et de Résolution or FGDR). This scheme protects up to the sterling equivalent of EUR 100,000 of your cash. This covers the first £85,000 of savings per person, per banking institution, if your bank or building society goes bust. This figure is variable depending on the exchange rate.

Useful information to know:

  • The Freedom Savings Account is available to UK residents aged 18 or older.
  • No upper age limit, suitable as a savings account for over 60s
  • You need to pay in and out through a linked UK current account.
  • Your first payment must be at least £100.
  • Keep your Freedom Savings Account open by maintaining an account balance of at least £1.
  • Existing customers can check their current rate here

What makes it special?

As well as being one of the most competitively priced, RCI's Freedom account is entirely 'clean'. With no temporary eye-catching bonus, the rate you see is (albeit variable) the rate you get. In cases where a temporary bonus puts the rate much higher than its nearest competitors, opting for a bonus account can make sense, so long as you are proactive about switching again when it expires. For those people who do not want to switch accounts regularly however, this is a great way to avoid hassle. Some banks and building societies write to some savers to let them know when their bonus is about to expire. When they do, they will give at least 14 days' warning. But others don't. These include Lloyds Easy Saver and e-Savings, AA Savings Account, part of Halifax, Santander Instant Saver 3 and their e-Savings.

Finally, being able to access your account with no restriction and the low first payment minimum are definite plus points, and they make this account a very attractive way to start saving.

 

 

 

 

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