Goldman Sachs cuts rate on popular Marcus easy access account

The formerly table-topping Marcus by Goldman Sachs easy-access savings account has reduced its savings rate.

Everyday money September 5, 2019

Savings provider Goldman Sachs, which is less than one year old, has cut its easy-access account rate to 1.45%.

Marcus stunned the savings market last year when it offered a significantly better rate than competitors at the time. 

But the cut is just another blow to an already crumbling savings market, with National Saving and Investment (NS&I) ealier this week withdrawing its popular Guaranteed Growth and Guaranteed Income Bonds from general sale.  

Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, comments: “The scythes have been out in the easy access savings, and Marcus is the latest to fall prey. The drop from 1.5% to 1.45% follows hot on the heels of Virgin cutting the rate on its double-take accounts to 1.43% last Friday.

"It may not be the first to face cuts but Marcus holds additional significance, because over the past year, while other rates have come and gone, Marcus has held fast at 1.5%.

"This could be a sign that falling rates across the fixed rate market have spread to easy access accounts, which don’t need to be quite so competitive to attract the cash they need."

The 1.5% previously offered by Marcus is still achievable from the likes of Cynergy Bank, while Shawbrook Bank offers 1.48%. 

Coles adds: "The good news is that this could be the nudge that savers need to switch out of their Marcus account at just the right time. Both the old rate and the new one include a bonus for a year, so those who signed up just after the launch were set to see their rates drop anyway at the end of September.

"Hopefully this will encourage savers to shop around for a better deal."

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- This article was originally written by our sister magazine Moneywise.

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