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Product focus: Regular savings accounts

Product focus: Regular savings accounts

Category: Savings

Updated: 25/03/2010
First Published: 25/03/2010

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Savers who wish to make a fixed deposit each month may be best suited to a regular savings account. These accounts tend to require a degree of discipline as once a fixed deposit amount has been agreed, it will need to be paid every month. Withdrawals are also often restricted to one a year. If the terms of the account are not met, penalties will apply such as loss of interest. Here are the current top three regular savings accounts.

Stroud & Swindon Building Society – Regular Saver Plus Issue 2

The only regular savings account offered by Stroud & Swindon Building Society pays 4.50pc on its anniversary. Savers can invest between £10 and £250 each month. Contributions must be made by standing order and can be amended provided they are within the deposit limits. No notice is required to access funds, although withdrawals must be made by BACS. Exceeding more than one withdrawal a year or missed payments will result in a 2.50pc loss of interest. The account can be operated by savers aged 18 and over in branch, post or telephone.

Buckinghamshire Building Society – Chiltern Gold Builder

The Chiltern Gold Builder pays an annual rate of 4.12pc. Between £25 and £250 can be invested each month. Contributions cannot be amended and the initial investment must be made by cheque. Funds can be accessed immediately, although only one withdrawal is permitted a year. Failure to adhere to this condition and also missed payments will result in the rate reverting to the Easy Access account for the entire period. The account is available to savers of all ages and can be operated in branch or by post.

Loughborough Building Society – Regular Savers Account +3

This account pays 4.00pc on its anniversary. Savers can invest between £10 and £500 each month and contributions can be amended each year on the anniversary of the account opening. Eleven payments must be made over the course of a year. Funds can be accessed immediately. The rate will reduce by 1.00pc if payments are missed or more than one withdrawal is made over the year. The account is available to savers aged 16 and over and can be operated in branch or by post.

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