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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

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

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. 0.60% AER if customer makes two or fewer withdrawals within an anniversary year. 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. Monthly or annual interest. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. Maximum deposit £1,000,000. Manage your account online. Covered by the FSCS

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.55%

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)

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.5%

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)

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

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

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.55%

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

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

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.9%

Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 1.05%

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

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 1.10%

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

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 0.95%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. 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
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 2.00%

Why we like it: 2.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £1,500 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. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Must be aged 18 or older

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Is a 5 Year Fixed Rate Bond right for you?

5 year fixed rate bonds are aimed at customers who have no immediate need for their savings and generally offer much better rates of interest than shorter term bonds. They are also a great way to maintain the value of your savings relative to inflation.

Taking out a 5 year bond is a big commitment as you won’t be able to access your money for a long time. If you are concerned about locking up your funds for that long, a 1 year, 2 year or 3 year fixed rate bond could be an easier choice while still offering a decent return.

Is a Lifetime ISA right for you?

The lifetime ISA is designed to allow people aged between 18 and 40 year old to save for both the deposit on their first property as well as their retirement simultaneously. Also, if a saver withdraws the money contained in the account after their 60th birthday, or to purchase their first property they will receive a 25% bonus on their savings from the government which essentially means they could benefit from an extra £1 for every £4 they contribute to the ISA. In order to receive the 25% government bonus, savers have to use the money contained within the ISA either for the deposit on a property as a first time buyer or for withdraw it after their 60th birthday.

The account holder must also be considered a first time buyer which means they have never owned any kind of property before, whether in the UK or elsewhere, they also must be intending to use the house as their residence so buy to lets or other kinds of investment will not be suitable. From the age of 60 the account holder is free to make full or partial withdrawals from the account, for any purpose will still being able to benefit from the 25% bonus, funds are permitted to remain invested and any interest will be tax-free.

Savers under 60 years old will be able to make withdrawals for other reasons than property purchase however this will not receive the bonus or interest on their savings and will need to pay a 5% charge on the amount withdrawn.

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