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6 of the best notice savings accounts

6 of the best notice savings accounts

Category: Savings
Author: Lieke Braadbaart
Date: 25/10/2018

Notice accounts offer an attractive alternative for savers who want a higher rate than can be found on easy access accounts without losing access to their money for a whole year or more. With many different notice periods available, most savers should be able to find a decent 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 to, although this will usually be subject to an interest penalty, so savers will still need to be organised to benefit from this type of account.

Due to their nature, they're mainly suitable for those who are comfortable giving some form of notice and should probably not be used for an emergency fund, for example, as you usually won't have time to give notice if an emergency hits. However, 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.

With that in mind, here are the current top-paying notice accounts that can offer a great rate alongside a certain degree of flexibility. Note that as with easy access accounts, the rates on these accounts are variable, which means they can change.

AER Details
Charter Savings Bank
Charter Savings Bank
95 Day Notice - Issue 20
1.81%
  • Minimum investment of £1,000
  • Further additions allowed at any time
  • Withdrawals only permitted on 95 days' notice
  • No earlier access
  • Internet-operated
  • Access via nominated account
  • Interest paid on its anniversary

In first place sits Charter Savings Bank, with this 95-day notice account offering a joint market-leading variable rate of 1.81% from a minimum deposit of £1,000. Further additions are welcome and unlimited withdrawals are also allowed, but the required 95 days' notice must always be given for the latter.

AER Details
Secure Trust Bank
Secure Trust Bank
180 Day Notice Account
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1.81%
  • Minimum investment of £1,000
  • Further additions of at least £1,000 allowed at any time
  • Three capital withdrawals and four interest withdrawals permitted per year, subject to 180 days' notice
  • No earlier access
  • Account must be opened online but can then also be operated by phone
  • Access via nominated account
  • Interest is paid quarterly

Taking second spot is Secure Trust Bank, with an account that pays the same market-leading rate of 1.81% AER (1.80% gross) but this time on 180 days' notice. A minimum investment of £1,000 is again required, with additional deposits having to be for at least that amount too. The fact that interest is paid on a quarterly basis may appeal to some savers, but it should be noted that only a limited number of withdrawals are allowed per year, and all will require the full notice period to be served.

AER Details
Paragon Bank
Paragon Bank
120 Day Notice (Issue 10)
1.80%
  • Minimum investment of £500
  • Further additions allowed at any time
  • Withdrawals permitted subject to 120 days' notice
  • No earlier access
  • Internet-only
  • Access via nominated account
  • Interest is paid on its anniversary

Paragon Bank completes the top three with an account that requires 120 days' notice on a minimum deposit of £500. It offers a near market-leading variable rate of 1.80% and allows additions at will. However, withdrawals on this internet-operated account are only possible if the full notice period is served.

AER Details
Secure Trust Bank
Secure Trust Bank
120 Day Notice Account
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1.79%
  • Minimum investment of £1,000
  • Further additions allowed at any time (min £1,000)
  • Three capital withdrawals and four interest withdrawals permitted per year, subject to 120 days' notice
  • No earlier access
  • Account must be opened online but can then also be operated by phone
  • Access via nominated account
  • Interest is paid quarterly

Secure Trust Bank does it again with a second account making it into the top six, this time paying a highly attractive rate of 1.79% AER (1.78% gross) on 120 days' notice. Its other features match the 180-day account, making this a welcome alternative for those looking to have their interest paid on a quarterly basis.

AER Details
OakNorth
OakNorth
120 Day Notice Deposit
1.79%
  • Minimum investment of £1,000
  • Further additions allowed at any time
  • Withdrawals of at least £1,000 permitted subject to 120 days' notice
  • No earlier access
  • Internet-operated account
  • Access via nominated current account
  • Interest is paid monthly and must be compounded

Next up is OakNorth, with another 120-day notice account that requires a minimum of £1,000 and pays a variable rate of 1.79%, but this time on a monthly basis. Once again, no early access is possible, with the notice period always having to be honoured on this online-only account.

AER Details
Gatehouse Bank
Gatehouse Bank
120 Day Notice Account
1.78%
(expected profit rate)
  • Minimum investment of £1,000
  • Further additions permitted
  • Withdrawals allowed subject to 120 days' notice being given
  • No earlier access
  • Internet-operated account
  • Interest paid on its anniversary and must be paid away
  • Sharia'a compliant account

Completing the top six is Gatehouse Bank, with its account offering an expected profit rate of 1.78% on a minimum deposit of £1,000. While it requires 120 days' notice, unlimited additions are allowed and there is no limit on the number of available withdrawals.

Information and rates correct as at: 25.10.2018

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

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