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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cash ISA

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.10%
  • Term: 3 Years
  • £1,000 minimum opening balance

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.05%
  • Term: 2 Year

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 0.85%
  • Term: 1 Year

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Hampshire Trust Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.40%
  • Term: 1 Year
  • Minimum Deposit £1
  • Interest paid annually
  • ISA transfers also allowed in
  • Maximum deposit £250,000
  • FSCS Protected
  • Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021
  • Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older
  • No withdrawals permitted

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

30 Day Notice Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 0.55%
  • Term: Easy Access
  • Early withdrawals are permitted subject to loss of interest equivalent to the notice period
  • Open account with £1000

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Online Easy Access Cash ISA

from Cynergy Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.50%
  • Term: Easy Access
  • Instant access to funds
  • Open account with £500

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Easy Access Cash ISA

from Coventry Building Society

Interest Rate (AER) 0.30%
  • Term: Easy Access
  • Deposit from £1
  • Interest paid annually or monthly

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Easy Access Cash ISA

from Shawbrook Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.30%
  • Term: Easy Access
  • Interest can be paid monthly or annually
  • ISA transfers in allowed
  • £250,000 maximum balance
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older
  • No withdrawals permitted

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Instant ISA Saver

from Nationwide

Interest Rate (AER) up to 0.05%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Instant access
  • 0.01% interest on balances between £1 and £9,999, 0.03% on balances between £10,000 and £49,999, 0.05% on balances of £50,000 and above
  • Minimum deposit £1
  • Open and manage your account online or in branch
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Must be 16 or older
  • Must be UK resident

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Cynergy Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.80%
  • Term: 2 Years
  • Minimum deposit £500
  • Available to individual applicants aged 16 or over
  • Access to funds before the end of the term is subject to a fee equivalent to six months’ interest

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Shawbrook Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.87%
  • Term: 3 Years
  • Interest can be paid monthly or annually
  • ISA transfers in allowed
  • £250,000 maximum balance
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older
  • No withdrawals permitted

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from NatWest

Interest Rate (AER) 0.10%
  • Term: 1 Year
  • Instant access – manage your account by phone, in-branch and online
  • Open from £1000
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Must be a UK resident

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Royal Bank of Scotland

Interest Rate (AER) 0.10%
  • Term: 1 Year
  • Instant access – manage your account by phone, in-branch and online
  • Open from £1000
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Must be a UK resident

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Santander

Interest Rate (AER) Up to 0.20%
  • Term: 2 Years
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £500 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • 0.20% AER/tax-free for 2 years for savings of £500 and over if you're part of 1|2|3 World or Santander Select
  • FSCS Protected
  • 0.10% for balances of £40,000 or over, 0.01% for balances under £40,000
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Royal Bank of Scotland

Interest Rate (AER) 0.10%
  • Term: 2 Year
  • Instant access – manage your account by phone, in-branch and online
  • Open from £1000
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Must be a UK resident

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from NatWest

Interest Rate (AER) 0.10%
  • Term: 2 Year
  • Instant access – manage your account by phone, in-branch and online
  • Open from £1000
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Must be a UK resident

Easy ISA

from Santander

Interest Rate (AER) 0.01%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • FSCS Protected
  • 0.10% for balances of £40,000 or over, 0.01% for balances under £40,000
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Instant Access Cash ISA

from NatWest

Interest Rate (AER) 0.01%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Instant access – manage your account by phone, in-branch and online
  • Open from £1
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Must be a UK resident

Cash ISA Saver

from Lloyds Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.01%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • Interest paid annually
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Instant Access Cash ISA

from Royal Bank of Scotland

Interest Rate (AER) 0.01%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Instant Access
  • Open from £1
  • Online, phone or branch access
  • Transfers allowed in – bring all your cash ISAs together in one place
  • Must be a UK resident
  • Must be 16 or over

ISA Saver Variable

from Halifax

Interest Rate (AER) 0.05%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • Interest paid annually
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Instant Cash ISA

from Barclays

Interest Rate (AER) 0.02%
  • Term: Easy Access
  • Deposit from £1
  • Interest paid annually

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Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cash ISA

A cash ISA is a first port of call for anyone who wants to save money without handing over a large portion of their interest earnings to the taxman. A cash ISA is a straightforward way to 'wrap up' a portion of your savings, so it's definitely worth considering by all who are eligible for this tax-free allowance.

However, choosing an account that best meets your needs is easier said than done. Choosing a cash ISA is much easier once you've zeroed in on the specific factors that are most important to you. With this information in hand, you will be better prepared to find the cash ISA that best fits your financial goals. To help you along in the ISA selection process, we've narrowed it down to five essential factors to keep in mind as you compare cash ISA possibilities:

1. Cash ISA rate

Your rate determines how much you earn on your account. However, the best rate available this tax year may no longer be competitive in the next, so it's vital to continue to shop around the cash ISA providers in order to ensure your account is earning as much as possible. Fortunately, cash ISA transfers can be usually be done at any time without incurring a penalty, as long as your ISA manager allows withdrawals as part of your account terms.

2. Account Flexibility

There are many different types of cash ISAs available, including:

  1. Instant access accounts - these offer immediate access to your cash
  2. Easy access accounts - these allow some options for early withdrawal
  3. Fixed-rate accounts - these operate on the understanding that savers will tie up their money in the ISA for a fixed period

Each of these account types are likely to differ in terms of when and how much you can withdraw, as well as in terms of how the rate of interest is determined. Whichever type of cash ISA you choose, it's a good idea to look for an account with the most flexible terms possible. This will allow you to switch providers, if necessary, in order to get the best rates.

3. Liquidity

Some types of cash ISAs do not allow withdrawals during a set period - for example, many fixed-rate cash ISAs require savers to commit to a minimum term. If you withdraw money before this period is over, you will be penalised for your withdrawal. While these types of cash ISAs typically offer a higher rate of interest, you won't be able to benefit from this attractive rate if you're likely to require to access to your cash before the term is over. If you need to have your money readily available, the relative liquidity of the different cash ISAs is likely to be a major factor in your decision-making process when choosing an account provider.

4. Account bonuses

Some cash ISA providers offer bonus rates for a limited time to lure in new customers. These bonuses have the potential to be quite beneficial, particularly if the rate lasts for six months or more. However, ISA managers hedge these attractive rates on the fact that customers often neglect to transfer their funds to another provider when the bonus rate falls. This drop can be steep - sometimes falling to half of the original rate offered - so if you opt for a cash ISA that offers a bonus rate, be prepared to shop around again once the honeymoon period is over.

5. ISA Managers

The process of finding an ISA manager can sometimes be as easy as heading to your current bank or building society. However, it pays to research your options before you commit to anything. When choosing an ISA manager, make sure you look for one that has been approved by HM Revenue and Customs. It is also important to look into the ISA manager's performance, as this increases the likelihood that you'll receive satisfactory service and a decent rate of return on your money.

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