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Product focus: Savings accounts

Product focus: Savings accounts

Category: Savings

Updated: 21/01/2010
First Published: 02/11/2009

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If you are looking for a new savings deal, it is always worth considering smaller players in the market as they currently tend to offer the most competitive deal.

However, many people may prefer to put their money with a high street bank and some do offer a few attractive rates.

Halifax – Web saver

Savers who can commit their money for five years can get one of the market leading rates of 5.25 per cent from Halifax. The account is available over shorter terms, but pays a reduced rate. Between £500 and £9 million can be invested into the account, which is operated online. Once opened, savers cannot make further additions or make a withdrawal until the bond matures.

Barclays Bank – Monthly Savings

The Monthly Savings account from Barclays Bank is currently in the best buys and pays a rate of 4.17 per cent. Savers can invest between £20 and £250 per month into the account, which is operated in branch, online or by telephone. Savers can get instant access to their money, but a 1.18 per cent interest is lost for that month if a withdrawal is made.

Abbey – eSaver (Issue 2)

The eSaver issue 2 from Abbey pays 2.50 per cent, which includes a 2.00 per cent bonus for 12 months. Savers can invest up to £2 million into the online based account. The account comes with a cash card with a maximum daily withdrawal limit of £300.

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