Nationwide is the word’s largest building society and one of the UK’s largest savings providers. As a “mutual” it’s owned by and run for the benefit of its members.
Nationwide uses the money deposited by savers to help members get mortgages.
It offers a broad range of savings accounts, so whether you’re looking to save your money for a rainy day, or you’re willing to let your money mature over a longer period of time, Nationwide has options.
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Nationwide’s cash ISAs explained
An individual savings account (ISA) lets you earn interest tax-free, although there is a limit on how much you can put into an ISA each year. The various cash ISAs on offer from Nationwide are explained below.
Help to buy ISA
- Only eligible for first-time buyers
- This ISA gives the best interest rate (although it is variable)
- Holders also could qualify for a government bonus of up to £3,000 on qualifying purchases
- Lock your money away for an agreed length of time
- Interest rates are higher and fixed
- No withdrawals or additions during the term
- Must have a main current account with Nationwide
- The interest rate is variable but you can make withdrawals at any time
- Save up to the maximum ISA allowance for the year (£20,000 for 2018-2019)
- Exclusively for members who have had continuous membership for 1 year or more
- The longer your loyalty, the better your interest rate
- Make withdrawals at any time
- Lowest interest rate out of the ISAs on offer (variable, too)
- If you’re on a tight budget and haven’t got a main account with Nationwide then this might be for you
- Unlike a fixed-rate ISA, this instant access ISA lets you withdraw at any time
What is a building society?
A building society is a financial institution owned by its members. Whereas banks are normally listed on the stock market and run for their shareholders, building societies aren’t.
Because they don’t have shareholders to pay, building societies have historically claimed to offer better interest and cheaper mortgage rates than banks offer.
How to set up a Nationwide savings account
This depends on whether or not you’re already registered with Nationwide. Current members can open an account online, and may be able to do so without showing any proof of identity. Nationwide will let current customers know if they need physical proof.
New customers will have to go into a branch and will need to bring UK photo identification – either a passport or driving licence – plus proof of name and proof of address. Examples include:
- A bank statement from within the past 3 months
- A valid full EEA passport
- A benefits letter from the last year
- A valid student ID from a UK university
- UK gas or electricity bill (less than 3 months)
- UK phone bill (not mobile, less than 3 months)
- A benefits letter from the last year (last 12 months)
There’s a full list of eligible documents, which explains those that are specifically for name or address, on the Nationwide website. If you’re setting up a savings account as a child then you’ll need to provide your passport or birth certificate along with proof of where you live.
Does Nationwide offer online or mobile banking?
Yes, it offers both. Here are some of the basic features:
- Check balances. For any type of account.
- Transfer money between accounts. In a matter of seconds.
- Pay bills and people. All within the online portal.
- All of those features. On the go.
- Secure Login. Log in to your account by simply using your fingerprint.
- Filter and compare. View up to 15 months’ transactions and compare your income and expenses.
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