With a 5 year fixed rate ISA savers know exactly how much they stand to earn from interest accumulation, in return for locking their cash into the account for a 60 month period.
Like most fixed rate ISAs with a 5 year option you are required to lock your money into the account for that time frame. Over the 5 year period of the account the interest rate paid upon it will be fixed, so it is possible to tell exactly how much you will earn.
Locking your savings into a fixed rate is also a way savers can try to protect themselves from interest rates falling in the future, however if interest rates rise there is the risk that their interest rate will become uncompetitive.
How interest is calculated upon fixed rate accounts can vary by provider, some will do pay interest monthly while others may do so quarterly or annually.
Some fixed rate ISA permit early full or partial withdrawals, however these are normally subject to a penalty based upon a set amount of days worth of interest accumulation. This means that savers could actually get back less than they originally deposited in the account.
Fixed rate accounts commonly have a minimum amount that must be deposited in order to open, or transfer into, the account.
Fixed Rate ISAs are also available for other time spans such as; 1, 2 and 3 year products. As a general rule the longer the account requires money to be locked into the ISA for the better the rate of interest offered.
Other types of Cash ISA include Instant access plans. These types of ISA usually allow the account holder to make unlimited free withdrawals from the account, without having to pay an interest penalty. They usually however offer a variable interest rate rather than a fixed one.
ISA rules only permit each eligible person to open up to one Cash ISA in each tax year (although it may be possible to transfer an ISA). This means it’s a good idea to shop around to try and find a product that fits with how you want to save. You can use the tables on this website to view a selection of different types of ISA from various providers and follow the links to find out more or apply.
22nd September 2020
The world of investments can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a first-time investor. So – to make your first dive into investing your hard-earned cash that little bit easier, we’ve put together a beginners guide for investment ISAs, giving you all you need to know.
Sign up to our Newsletter to get exclusive news and offers direct to your inbox.
ISA.co.uk is a trading style of Fair Investment Company.
We've been comparing and recommending ISAs for many years so you can trust you're in good hands.About us
I found the way the different options are presented very clear - much more useful than some other comparison sites. I sent it to my daughter as well.
Very informative, find myself a good ISA account with best return in terms of interest.
Easy to use website and up to date. Saved the link on my tablet.
The website was very useful and informative.
ISA can be confusing at first and this site includes a useful and helpful introduction into the world of ISAs