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LloydsTSB Vantage Account - too good to be true?

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
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Mark_BeechMark_Beech Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
I was considering moving my current account away from LloydsTSB because of their stupid system of auto deleting my list of regular payees on internet banking.
Anyway .... I was thinking of moving to Halifax with their new £5 per month if you pay in £1000 per month. So I rang LloydsTSB and asked what I was presently getting for my Current Plus account and the answer is 1.99% net.
The the guy says that if I upgrade to Vantage I would get 1.59% for £1000 or more, 2.37% for £3000 and a whopping 3.14% for anything between £5000 and £7000 (all net figures).
I do tend to keep too much in my current account ....... but 3.14% is better than some of the higher interest savings accounts at the moment.
There are no charges for the account and it seems like a really good deal if I'm prepared to keep a balance of £5000+.
Is this too good to be true? Am I missing something?

Cheers
Mark
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  • withnellwithnell Forumite
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    Nope,. it's 4% gross on the entire balance if you keep between 5k - 7k - many people on this site use a Vantage account as a savings account!
  • mm79_2mm79_2 Forumite
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    I opened one of these last week as it sure beats most instant access savings accounts right now!

    One question though - does anyone know when they pay interest on the account? I assume it's monthly but have yet to receive a payment as you would normally expect at month-end??
  • lindos90lindos90 Forumite
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    Im about to do this with my account, as its going to give me 4%, which is more than if I reinvested my maturing bond at 3.5% with the derbyshire, and its instant access!

    two things to remember though:

    1)although it looks like a good rate, it is variable, and so they could quitly cut the rates, so you need to keep checking its still a good rate.

    2)there are several versions of Vantage, some of which are fee paying, so make sure, and triple check which one you are opening, (unless ofcourse you want to pay a monthly fee for mobile insurance/holiday insurance/etc!)
  • lindos90lindos90 Forumite
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    MM79 wrote: »
    One question though - does anyone know when they pay interest on the account? I assume it's monthly but have yet to receive a payment as you would normally expect at month-end??

    Just found this on the TSB site:
    1. For each month that you meet the Vantage conditions we will work out interest on a daily basis at the relevant Vantage interest rate from the second working day of that month and add it to your account at the end of the first working day of the next month.
    HTH
  • jonesMUFCforeverjonesMUFCforever Forumite
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    Mark_Beech wrote: »
    I was considering moving my current account away from LloydsTSB because of their stupid system of auto deleting my list of regular payees on internet banking.
    Anyway .... I was thinking of moving to Halifax with their new £5 per month if you pay in £1000 per month. So I rang LloydsTSB and asked what I was presently getting for my Current Plus account and the answer is 1.99% net.
    The the guy says that if I upgrade to Vantage I would get 1.59% for £1000 or more, 2.37% for £3000 and a whopping 3.14% for anything between £5000 and £7000 (all net figures).
    I do tend to keep too much in my current account ....... but 3.14% is better than some of the higher interest savings accounts at the moment.
    There are no charges for the account and it seems like a really good deal if I'm prepared to keep a balance of £5000+.
    Is this too good to be true? Am I missing something?

    Cheers
    You do have to pay in a minimum of £1000per month into the account.
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
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  • michaelsmichaels Forumite
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    Any idea if you are allowed multiple accounts ;)
    I think....
  • Cook_CountyCook_County Forumite
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    Yes 7 is the most popular number - ie 7 x £7,000 = £49,000 so covered by the FSA limit of £50,000.
  • D1zzyD1zzy Forumite
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    You do have to pay in a minimum of £1000per month into the account.
    But it doesn't have to stay there and internal transfers are OK. If you have more than 1 you can just move the £1000 through each of the accounts and back to the start, either manually or by SO
  • jonesMUFCforeverjonesMUFCforever Forumite
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    D1zzy wrote: »
    But it doesn't have to stay there and internal transfers are OK. If you have more than 1 you can just move the £1000 through each of the accounts and back to the start, either manually or by SO
    I never said it had to stay there.
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
  • D1zzyD1zzy Forumite
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    I never said you did..:rotfl:
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