If you're looking to secure the best rate on your savings, you generally have one of two options - tie up your money for a set period of time, or agree to give your provider some notice before you make a withdrawal.
Option number two could well be the perfect compromise. Notice savings accounts let you access your money on the provision that you tell your provider in advance, thereby offering flexibility and decent rates in one handy package. Some providers will even let you withdraw the cash earlier should you need it, but this will usually be subject to an interest penalty, so savers will still need to be organised to benefit from this kind of account.
This means they're only suitable for those who are comfortable with giving some kind of notice. They shouldn't be used for an emergency fund, for example, as you probably won't have the time to give notice if an emergency hits. But if you're confident that you won't need instant access to a portion of your savings, and don't want to lock your money away for too long, they could be ideal. Rates have been improving recently, too, which means now could be a great time to take the plunge
So, with that in mind, here are the current top-paying notice accounts that can offer a great rate with a certain degree of flexibility.
Comfortably taking the top spot is this account from Secure Trust Bank, which pays a market-leading quarterly rate of 1.35% AER (1.34% gross) on a minimum investment of £1,000. This account requires savers to give 120 days' notice in order to withdraw funds, though it should be noted that only a limited number of withdrawals will be allowed each year, so careful management is a must. Further additions are welcome at any time, provided they're of at least £1,000.
In second place is this deal from Paragon Bank, a variable rate account paying 1.30% on a minimum investment of££500. Further additions are permitted at any time, and unlimited withdrawals are also allowed, provided 120 days' notice is given. The only other restriction on this online-only deal is that all transactions must be made via a nominated account.
National Counties BS secures a top-three position with this internet-operated deal, a 120-day notice account that pays 1.26% AER variable. It should be noted that, while the minimum investment is £500, the account has a minimum operating balance of £20,000, with at least this amount required to be deposited by 31.5.17. Savers won't be able to make further additions after this point, but unlimited withdrawals are permitted thereafter, subject to the required notice being given.
Secure Trust Bank secures another place in the charts, this time with its 90-day deal that pays a variable rate of 1.25% AER. All other features mirror those of its 120-day counterpart.
This deal from Shawbrook Bank secures a top-five position with a variable rate of 1.25%. It's a simple, straightforward account that allows further additions at any time as well as unlimited withdrawals, but savers should note that earlier access won't be permitted, with the notice period always having to be served.
Just squeezing into the top six is this account from Charter Savings Bank, an internet-operated deal that pays 1.10% AER from £1,000. It permits unlimited additions and withdrawals, provided 120 days' notice is given for the latter, as early access won't be permitted.
Information & Rates correct as at: 21.04.2017
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