Act now to get top-pay Nationwide 5% common financial savings account earlier than it closes on Friday

SAVERS trying to tuck some spare money away every month ought to contemplate opening Nationwide’s top-paying common financial savings account NOW earlier than it’s pulled on Friday.

The constructing society is axing its Flex Common On-line Saver account for brand new clients from April 6 – though current customers will be capable of hold the account till it matures.

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Nationwide is axing its finest purchase common financial savings account for brand new customers

It’s a finest purchase for these trying to save their cash frequently paying a whopping 5 per cent curiosity for a 12 months.

It can save you between £1 and £250 a month with the account and as soon as the 12 months is up your money is transferred to an prompt entry financial savings account paying 0.6 per cent.

If you happen to saved the utmost £250 each month you’d make simply over £81 in curiosity over 12 months.

Solely First Direct and HSBC pay the identical 5 per cent price to their common savers for a 12 months however these accounts have larger minimal pay in necessities.


AS now you can earn curiosity tax free on any accounts and never simply Isas, some savvy savers have been utilizing present accounts to get a money enhance.

Listed here are a number of the highest-paying present accounts round:

  • Nationwide FlexDirect – You’ll get 5 per cent on balances as much as £2,500 for the primary 12 months you will have the account earlier than it drops to 1 per cent. You’ll should pay in £1,000 a month to qualify for the curiosity however you gained’t should set-up any direct debits.
  • TSB Classic Plus – You’ll get 5 per cent with TSB however solely on balances as much as £1,500 – and also you’ll have to pay in not less than £500 a month and register for web banking. You don’t have to set-up any direct debits.
  • Bank of Scotland/Club Lloyds: You’ll get 1.5 per cent on as much as £5,000 so long as you pay in not less than £1,000 and £1,500 respectively every month. You additionally want not less than two direct debits popping out every month.

With First Direct it can save you between £25 and £300 a month, whereas with HSBC it can save you between £25 and £250.

However whereas this can be a common financial savings account, in case you want the money earlier, you may withdraw the cash penalty free.

The one catch is it’s essential to have a Nationwide present account (FlexOne, FlexStudent, FlexGraduate, FlexDirect or FlexPlus, or the FlexAccount and also you’ve paid in £750 a month over the previous three months otherwise you’ve switched prior to now 4 months) to get the deal.

How do I get the account earlier than Friday?

If you happen to’re already a Nationwide present account buyer you may open the account online at Nationwide (department and phone opening isn’t accessible).

You’ve acquired till 11.59pm on Friday April 5 to do that.

Those that aren’t already Nationwide present account clients first have to open a checking account with the constructing society.

Present account switching normally takes seven working days however Nationwide says in case you open the present account in department earlier than the financial institution closes on Friday April 5 then you may open the common saver on the similar time in department too.

Why is the account closing?

Nationwide says it’s closing the account as a result of it’s not assembly its objective of interesting to new savers.

It says the bulk (86 per cent) of individuals utilizing the common saver have already got a median of £20,000 saved with the constructing society.

Nationwide is launching a Loyalty Isa instead paying 1.four per cent. It is a aggressive price however it’s not one of the best in the marketplace, with the highest paying easy-access Money Isa paying 1.5 per cent.

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