May 2020: what are the best savings account rates?

We share the best interest rates on Isas, bonds, and easy-access savings accounts.

Banks and building societies continue to cut rates and axe deals almost daily.  

But savers can still earn substantially more by picking top rates rather than sticking to the big, well-known high-street names, which can pay as little as 0.01%. 

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For fixed-rate bonds, the top one-year rate is via Atom Bank at 1.4%, followed by both OakNorth and Wyelands banks at 1.3%. For two years, RCI Bank pays 1.45%. 

On easy-access accounts, both the Marcus account from Goldman Sachs and RCI Bank’s Freedom account are the front-runners at 1.05%. They are followed closely by National Savings & Investments’ Direct Saver at 1%.  

For cash Isas, the best one-year fixed rate is 1.15% through Metro Bank, followed by 1.05% via Virgin Money and Shawbrook Bank. For two years, you earn hardly any extra interest with rates of 1.25% from Metro Bank and 1.1% from Shawbrook. 

In terms of easy-access cash Isas, the best rate is 1.01% from Virgin Money’s Double Take e-Isa. However, the account restricts you to two withdrawals a year. 

The next best rate is 0.9% via National Savings & Investments’ Direct Isa, but you can’t transfer your existing cash Isas into this account. 

The top easy-access rate for an account that accepts transfers but does not restrict withdrawals is 0.85% via Ford Money’s Flexible Isa or Kent Reliance’s Easy Access Isa.

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