What is the best savings account for you? The answer to this question might seem hard to find, especially with there being so many options available. However, by exploring the types of accounts and the key considerations, you should be able to find the ideal account for your needs.
There are a number of savings accounts to choose from, each with distinct features, advantages and disadvantages. Compare savings accounts to find the right one for you.
With a regular savings account, you’re required to put away money on a monthly basis. These accounts are ideal if you’re looking to save a portion of your wages each month. Depending on the lender you choose, regular savings accounts usually have a minimum and maximum monthly deposit, encouraging you to save little and often.
An easy access account, otherwise known as an instant access savings account, allows you to withdraw money at any time. This type of account comes with the benefit of unrestricted access to funds, making them suitable for short-term goals and emergency funds. However, these accounts typically offer lower interest rates and are not considered the best option for long-term savings goals.
With a fixed rate account, you can put your money away for a set period with a fixed interest rate. It's important to note that you cannot access your funds during this period. However, fixed rate accounts tend to offer comparably higher interest rates. Generally, the longer you commit to the fixed term, the higher the interest rate you can expect to earn
A cash ISA is a form of tax free savings account. This means that you won't pay any income tax on the interest you earn, as long as you don't deposit more than the allowance. For example, customers can deposit up to £20,000 a year, completely tax free. However, with Hodge you must deposit a minimum of £1,000 within 14 days of opening the account.
A lifetime ISA is a specialised savings account, designed to help you purchase your first home or save for retirement. The government will add a 25% bonus to your savings, up to a maximum of £1,000 a year. However, these savings accounts have specific eligibility requirements. For example, you must be over 18 but under 40 to open an account.
Find an account that aligns with your financial goals. Answer the following questions to ensure you make the right decision.
If you answered "yes", then an instant access account could be the right option. With this type of account, you can access your money when you need it most.
If you answered "no", then a fixed rate bond could be the right option. With our fixed rate bonds, you can put away your money for up to five years.
If you answered "yes", then a regular saver could be the right option. With this type of account, some lenders allow you to deposit up to £500 a month.
If you answered "no", then a cash ISA could be the right option. With cash ISAs, you can earn tax free interest on your savings.
If you answered "yes", then a fixed rate bond could be the right option. With fixed term accounts, you can access higher interest rates than you could with other savings accounts.
If you answered "no", then an instant access account could be the right option. With the majority of instant access savings accounts, you need to make a minimum deposit of £1 to set up your account.
If you answered "yes", then a lifetime ISA could be the right option. With this type of ISA, the government will add a 25% bonus to your savings.
If you answered "no", then a cash ISA could be the right option. With this form of bank account, you can deposit up to £20,000 a year, without paying tax.
Once you have found the right type of savings account for you, take a look at our products. All our savings accounts have been carefully designed, with competitive rates and convenient features. Make the most of your savings with Hodge.
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