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Discover what is an easy-access ISA, how to find the best easy-access ISA and more.

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Best easy-access ISA rates

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Name Product Account type Withdrawals Min. opening balance Interest rate Apply link
Aldermore
Cash ISA
Instant access (penalty applies)
£1,000
0.55% AER fixed for 1 year
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NatWest
Cash ISA
Instant access
£0
0.01% AER variable

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Gatehouse Bank – 5 Year Fixed Term Cash ISA
Gatehouse Bank
Cash ISA
Instant access (penalty applies)
£1,000
1.3% AER fixed for 5 years

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Shawbrook Bank
Cash ISA
Instant access (penalty applies)
£1,000
1.25% AER fixed for 7 years

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Shawbrook Bank
Cash ISA
Instant access (penalty applies)
£1,000
1.25% AER fixed for 7 years

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What is an easy-access ISA?

An ISA is a savings account, in which you won’t have to pay tax on any the interest you earn. There is an annual cap on the amount of funds you can deposit into an ISA.

In an ‘easy-access’ ISA, there are no (or barely any) hurdles to jump to withdraw your funds.

There are plenty of ‘instant-access’ ISAs available, which allow you to withdraw your funds without giving any notice. There are also some accounts which require you to give up to 90 days notice that may still be labelled as ‘easy access’.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit is that you can earn tax-free interest on your savings, but still withdraw them with no troubles, perhaps to take care of an emergency payment.

What are the difference between easy-access and other cash ISAs?

Fixed-rate cash ISAs tend to offer higher interest rates, fixed for a defined amount of time. However, it is not permitted for you to withdraw your cash during this fixed-rate period. Some fixed-rate ISAs will still allow you to withdraw your funds if you pay a penalty.

How to find the best easy-access ISA

The only important factor separating the best easy-access ISA from the rest is the interest rate being offered. You can quickly find the easy-access ISAs offering the best rate using any price comparison website.

Pros and cons of an easy-access ISA

Pros

  • You’ll earn tax-free interest on your savings.
  • You can withdraw your funds instantly.

Cons

  • Easy-access ISAs offer lower interest rates, compared to fixed-rate ISAs.
  • There is a limit on the amount you can deposit per tax year.

The bottom line

If you need easy access to your savings, but still want to earn some interest while your funds are stored away, easy-access ISAs are a great shout for you.

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