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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.42%

Why we like it: 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)

Nationwide
Cash ISA Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: Tax free ISA account. Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds. Invest up to £20,000 per tax year. Interest can be paid into account, alternative Nationwide savings or current account, or an external current account. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Headline interest rate applicable if no more than 1 withdrawal per account year, fFor 2 or more withdrawals the interest rate drops to 0.50% AER. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: Earn 1.00% gross/AER on balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.90%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING 1 YEAR FIXED RATE BOND. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Fixed Rate Bond Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.25%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000 - No withdrawals permitted - FSCS Protected

Investec Click & Invest
Stocks & Shares ISA Investec Click & Invest
Open from £2500
Term No fixed term
Investment Linked Choose between managed portfolios

Why we like it: Investec Click & Invest is an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.

Disclaimer: The value of your investments can fall as well as rise, so you could get back less than you paid in.

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 5 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 7.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 3 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 6.10%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 1 Year
Annual Interest Target rate 5.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

easyMoney
Classic Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) easyMoney
Min deposit £10000
Term No Fixed Term
Annual Interest Target rate 7.28%

Why we like it: Invest up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. When you join the easyMoney family you will automatically become an easyMoney plus card member, offering savings up to 55% at over 100 of Britain’s biggest retailers and more! e-Money Capital Ltd trading as easyMoney is authorised and regulated by the FCA (FRN 231680). As with all investing, your capital is at risk when you lend to businesses and returns are not guaranteed. No FSCS. For more details please refer to our full risk statement.

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Must be aged 18 or older.

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: Earn 1.50% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

Compare long term savings accounts

If you want to build up savings over a long time, choosing the right account to place your money in is critical. Which account is right for you will generally depend on how much you intend to save, how long you want to save over and what kind of return you are hoping to see.

Whatever your saving goals, there are many different types of accounts which each have their own benefits and restrictions you need to consider before making a decision.

Current Accounts

A current account may not seem the obvious choice for long term saving, but they often have the best rates of interest for smaller sums of money.

However, if you go over the limit on which your current account pays interest, you will usually earn nothing, so any balance should be placed elsewhere to receive a return. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some accounts offer a better rate of interest for an introductory period which then drops to a lower rate. This can mean your current account may not be the best option for long term saving.

Regular Savings Accounts

If you are planning to make monthly deposits to build up savings over time, a regular savings account can be a good choice. They usually offer appealing interest rates if you are willing to wait a while for your capital to build up before you start seeing significant returns.

Please note that with a regular savings account you will usually have to make a minimum deposit each month, and there will usually be a maximum monthly limit on how much you can put in as well. You may also only be able to make a limited number of withdrawals each year.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you have a lump sum that you won’t need in the near future, a fixed rate bond can allow you to earn a good return. They usually have very competitive interest rates which are guaranteed for the life of the bond.

The downside is that you cannot usually take money back out if you need it before the bond matures. Fixed rate bonds usually last for 1 to 5 years and can generally be started with deposits of around £500-£2,000, depending on the provider.

Cash ISAs

For most UK taxpayers, it will normally make sense to put at least part of your long term savings into a cash ISA. This allows you to earn interest without paying tax on deposits up to a certain yearly threshold set by the government. For 2017/18 that amount is £20,000.

For long term savings a fixed rate cash ISA may be the best option, as they tend to offer higher interest rates in exchange for not being able to access your money until the deposit term expires. If you want the ability to take money out at your convenience, an instant access cash ISA will allow you to do that, but the trade-off is likely to be a lower rate of return.

It’s worth bearing in mind that cash ISAs do not necessarily offer the best interest rates. This means you will need to calculate whether your likely tax savings will outweigh the extra return you would see on an account with a higher rate.

Notice Savings Accounts

If you are looking to hedge your bets and get a decent return while still being able to access your money relatively easily, a notice savings account may make sense. They work by requiring you to give notice to your account provider when you wish to withdraw funds. In exchange, you will usually be offered a higher interest rate than other accounts which give you instant access to your money.

The notice periods on these types of accounts tend to range from 40-95 days. It is important to note that the longer the notice period often corresponds with the higher the interest rates.

Find the best long term savings account for you

With such a range of competing brands and products to choose from, finding the best one for your financial needs can be tricky. Our long term savings accounts comparison tool at the top of this page lets you easily contrast the best offer we can find from across the market. That way, you can be confident of finding the best savings account for you, whatever your personal saving goals.

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