How to get the best easy-access savings rate of 5.29% with this simple trick
- Hargreaves Lansdown has added an easy access account that pays 5.06%
- There is a £25 sign up bonus on deposits of £10,000 which increases the rate to 5.29%.
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Savers can now get the best overall interest rate easily accessible by opening an account with Active Savings* – the savings platform of the Hargreaves Lansdown investment house.
It’s offering new customers a £25 bonus when signing up for an account, but only until September 29, so you’ll need to act fast to get it.
Currently, the main easy access deal it has on the platform is with RateSetter, powered by Metro Bank, which offers 5.06 percent.
However, with a balance of £10,000 (the minimum required to qualify for the bonus), that increase lifts it to a 5.29 per cent best buy.
Turbo charge your savings: Active Savings by Hargreaves Lansdown offers a 5.06% easy access account increasing to 5.29% with a £25 sign up bonus
This rate beats the best deal for an easy access account, offered by Leeds Building Society which pays 5.1 per cent.
Recently, Hargreaves Lansdown has been criticized for cashing in on savings by taking customers’ cash and putting it into low-risk accounts, where it accumulates considerable sums in interest.
However, this easy-access rate is much better than what you’ll get at the big banks.
Santander launched a blockbuster deal on its easy access account earlier this month that shot to the top of the best buy charts.
But the account proved so popular that Santander pulled it three days before its original end date.
After that, the best easy-access deals were around 5 per cent, and savers wondered when a deal approaching Santander’s would come along.
But now, by getting the £25 sign up bonus with Hargreaves Lansdown Active Savings, you can get an even better rate than even the previous Santander easy access account.
An account must have a minimum of £10,000 and the bonus will be paid by December 8.
To get the bonus, you will need to click on the green banner at the top of the website where it says: ‘cash bonus available*’
If you need more time, you can register using a form at Hargreaves Lansdown Active Savings before September 29 and you still have until November 28 to qualify for the offer by adding £10,000 to the account.
Hargreaves Lansdown says savings on its platform are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), up to a maximum of £85,000.
The money in your cash center – where the money goes before heading to a supplier – is covered by Barclays’ FSCS licence.
If you choose to open an account with RateSetter, Metro Bank offers FSCS protection. If you already have savings with Metro, you’ll need to make sure you don’t go over the £85,000 limit on both accounts.
As a savings platform, Active Savings by Hargreaves Lansdown offers access to multiple savings and banking products. It allows savers to manage all their savings through a single app-based online account.
AJames Blower, founder of the Savings Guru website, says: ‘Savings platforms are good for both savers who want to spread their money across multiple providers, maximizing FSCS protection, but without having to open a new account at each bank every time. .
“They can open a single account and access a large number of providers, some of which offer better deals than those available directly and others with providers that are not accessible to ordinary savers.”
Mark Hicks, savings director at Hargreaves Lansdown, says: “Savers are benefiting from competition between providers on cash savings platforms and the highest interest rates since the financial crisis, with top easy access rates 5 percent and getting closer to the market leaders. Best Buy fixed terms of one year.
“Hargreaves Lansdown is delighted to partner with RateSetter and add another bank to the Active Savings service that helps people earn more with their cash across multiple banks through one simple login.”