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Cash savings at a glance

Choosing between savings options is easier than it looks. There are hundreds of accounts, but only a few types of account – some for easy access to emergency funds, some for saving regularly and some for growing your money. Take a look at the table to see which suits you best..

Cash savings accounts

Types of cash savings account
Instant and easy access accounts The place for your emergency savings. They might pay more interest than a normal current account, and the money is on hand when you need it.
Regular savings accounts For saving a monthly chunk of your income. There are rules about how much you can put in and take out, but you get a slightly higher interest rate.
Fixed-term deposit accounts For setting money aside for a set length of time. A fixed rate of interest is set in advance, so you know exactly how much you’ll end up with.
Index-linked accounts Like fixed-term deposits, but the interest rate changes in line with inflation – you can’t be quite sure what you’ll get at the end of the term.
Cash ISAs (tax-free) Tax-free savings. You get an annual allowance – so make the most of it! A Cash ISA is usually a simple savings or deposit account. You can get a Cash ISA from the age of 16, or a Junior ISA for under 18s.

Comparison websites are a good starting point for anyone trying to find a savings account tailored to their needs.

We recommend the following websites for comparing savings accounts:


  • Comparison websites won’t all give you the same results, so make sure you use more than one site before making a decision.
  • It is also important to do some research into the type of product and features you need before making a purchase or changing supplier.
  • Find out more in our guide to comparison sites.

Next steps

Not quite sure which to go for? Click on the account types in the table above to read more

This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.

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