It can be difficult deciding how to invest your savings, as you need to choose somewhere that is secure but that also offers potential for growth, and savings accounts can be a useful option to consider, as they are relatively easy to open and manage, and offer high interest rates. Good savings accounts will also allow you to add and withdraw money whenever you want without any penalties, and if you already have a checking account with good credit history, then it is almost guaranteed you will be able to open a savings account with the same provider with very little hassle.
Some of the best savings accounts on offer are only available online, so it is important that you do check the internet when searching through all of the savings accounts deals. Most Internet savings accounts can be opened online, so there is no need for you to go into a bank, and communication will be done by email and post. This will also mean you will have 24/7 access to your account details, as you will simply be able to log on to your account and view the latest interest rates and transactions, and you will also be able to link this up to other online accounts, so that you can set up automatic deposits to top up your savings every month. Remember that most of the best deals will be introductory offers, and will only be for a fixed term such as 6-12 months, before the account reverts to a lower rate.
Types of Savings Accounts
There are several different types of savings accounts to choose from including:
Easy access accounts – this is the most flexible type of savings accounts as it allows you to add and withdraw money whenever you want, as many times as you want, and interest rates will be variable and will go up and down according to the base rate.
Fixed rate bonds – these accounts are less flexible, but are a solid choice as they allow you to fix a rate of interest for a term of 6 months to 5 years, and this will protect you from any rates cuts. However it will also lock your money away from any rates increase, so be careful at what point of the rates cycle you invest your money in a fixed rate bond as you could lose out if the base rates rise.
Regular saver accounts – this type of account is great for short term savers, and the account rates are reset every 12 months. You will need to pay a minimum into the account each month though, but this is usually a fairly low amount which should be achievable for most savers.