With interest rates slowly back on the rise, we round-up the best savings accounts and Isa accounts on offer in 2019.
National Saving and Investment (NS&I) has withdrawn its popular Guaranteed Growth and Guaranteed Income Bonds from general sale.
Those already holding the bonds can still renew them when they reach their maturity date – but at a lower rate.
Banks and building societies are busy cutting the rates that they pay savers. The falls impact easy-access accounts offered to new savers, as well as those that were on sale in the past. Thousands of savers are currently earning a pittance on cash languishing in more than 1,400 easy-access accounts, which are closed to new savers.
Savings rates on easy access accounts have finally been creeping up, with the top rate now 1.5%. But often this rate is only available to new customers.
Banks and building societies used to pass rate rises on to all savers in variable rate accounts, but now most of them only offer a higher rate to new customers. Loyal savers continue to earn the lower rate, which in the worst cases can be as low as 0.25%.
More than a million savers with National Savings and Investments face changes when they come to renew their accounts from 1 May.
Savers have relatively little time to use their £20,000 cash Isa allowance for this tax year before the 5 April deadline. Around this time every year, banks and building societies generally bring out new accounts to tempt savers with better rates. But this year, so far, things have been pretty quiet on the Isa front.
Savers desperate for top rates on their easy-access savings have snapped up the 1.5% Marcus account on offer from the mighty Goldman Sachs. In the first 40 days after its launch in late September, it had clocked up no fewer than 100,000 customers.
On easy-access accounts Shawbrook Bank Easy Saver and RCI Bank Freedom Account both pay a top 1.3 per cent. AA has raised the rate on its Members Savers to 1.3 per cent for new applicants, but the account is only available to those who are members of the organisation.
Banks and building societies are making it hard for savers searching for top easy-access deals. They are coming out with so-called easy-access accounts with rates of 1.3 per cent – but savers often have to jump through hoops to earn this headline rate.
Building societies and smaller banks are launching accounts in the first flurry of better-paying deals for years.