How to access one of the highest paying regular saver accounts.
How much does the Nationwide Flex Regular Saver pay?
The interest rate on this account is a massive 8% AER, making it the highest-paying savings accounts available (for the moment at least). The rate is variable (so it could change), and the account will last for 12 months.
You can only have one Flex Regular Saver (issue 2) per person.
How does the Nationwide Flex Regular Saver work?
Since it’s a monthly or “regular” saver, that doesn’t mean you can whack a load of cash in there to rake in the interest.
For a start, there’s a monthly limit of £200 that can be added each month for a year. So the most you can add to the account is £2,400. There’s no monthly minimum though, so you can skip months if you choose. If you do, you won’t be able to carry over any unused allowances.
The account also closes after 12 months, which is when the interest is paid. The money will then be moved into a standard Nationwide savings accounts, so you’ll want to transfer that to a better paying account at the time.
Can you make withdrawals?
Unlike with most regular savers you can withdraw the money during the year three times without penalty. You’ll also be able to put up to £200 back in each month you do this. So say you have £600 in the account from previous months and add £200 for the current month, but then withdraw £300, you can put £200 back in during the same month.
If you do take cash out four or more times the interest rate drops to 2.15% AER, and you’ll get this rate on the total balance from the date of the fourth withdrawal.
How much could you make in a year?
Remember, this is a monthly saver, so the interest is calculated a little differently to normal accounts.
Let’s say you pay in the full £200 every month, that would give you a balance of £2,400 at the end of the year. 8% interest on this is a huge £192.
But that’s forgetting that most of the money saved won’t have been in the account for a year. In fact, only the first month’s deposit will earn the full 8% for a year.
The subsequent deposits will earn less as a result. So the second lot added will be there for 11 months, and earn 11/12 of the full year’s interest. And so on.
Here’s what you’ll earn based on the same size deposit every month, assuming you don’t make any withdrawals:
|Monthly amount saved||Annual interest|
Head to this article for more on how regular savers work.
Who can get a Nationwide Flex Regular Saver?
You’ll also only be able to open one of these savings accounts if you have a Nationwide current account. It doesn’t matter which one. Personally I’d go for the FlexAccount which is no-frills but will do the job. You must keep the current account open while you have the regular saver.
You’ll need to be over 16 years old, a UK resident and happy to open and manage the account online or via the app.
If you already have a previous issue of the Flex Regular Saver still open then you will be able to open up this new edition to get the improved rate. The previous account will stay at it’s existing interest rate.
Opening a Nationwide Flex Regular Saver
Once you have the current account, you can simply open the Flex Regular Saver from your online or app banking. The first deposit, of at least £1, must be paid within 28 days.
The money needs to be added each calendar month, so if you’re opening it towards the end of a month make sure you add the cash straight away so not to miss out.
You can add cash by standing order (not a bad idea to ensure you don’t forget), or just transfer it from a different account.
You can only open one of these in your name, even if you have both a solo and joint Nationwide current account.
Nationwide Flex Regular Saver summary
Nationwide Flex Regular Saver
Nationwide Flex Regular Saver
|Interest rate||8% AER (variable)|
|Max monthly deposit||£200|
|Min monthly deposit||£0|
|Carry over unused allowance?||No|
|Account closes||After 12 months|
|Withdrawals||Yes, but more than three withdrawals a year and the rate drops|
|Requirements||Must have a Nationwidecurrent account|
How does it compare?
At the time of writing this is the highest paying regular saver, beating decent offers such as First Direct’s 7% paying account and the Club Lloyds monthly saver at 6.25%. However as you can pay more into those other accounts each month you’ll make more interest in a year with those.
You can see other regular saver rates here.