£70k, please help me spread across banks wisely

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
I've saved approx £70,000 which I intend to put as a deposit on my first property during 2015.

However in the meantime, I was looking for advice on how to maximise interest and benefits on this amount. I would need relatively easy access, as I will withdraw this for a deposit at some stage this year.

Currently I have £30k in a low interest ISA, which can be switched or withdrawn. The additional £40k is in my Santander 123 current account, which I'm aware is not gaining interest over £20k.

Of the current available bank account offers, how should I best spread this £70k to maximise interest?

Many thanks in advance, and best regards.

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  • xylophonexylophone Forumite
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    If you can get a better rate on the ISA move it.
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/cash-isa-transfers

    The extra £20,000 in the Santander could be spread between TSB Classic Plus, Club Lloyds, BOS (x3 if you wish) and a Nationwide Flexdirect.

    The Lloyds will require 2 DDs.

    Check the funding requirements - remember that the Nationwide requires external funding. The three BOS can be internally funded by setting up SOs from each to other for the same day.
  • enthusiasticsaverenthusiasticsaver Forumite, Board Guide
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    If you have a partner you can have 2 Santander 123 accounts to get 3% gross on up to £40k. I joint and 1 sole one.
    Early retired in December 2017

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  • colstencolsten Forumite
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    £50.5K max in sole current accounts at 3,4 and 5%. £130K max if 2 people max sole and joint accounts together.

    Additional opportunity in Regular Savings accounts at 4 and 6% (and plenty more at lower %age)
  • xylophone wrote: »
    If you can get a better rate on the ISA move it.

    Looking at the current ISA offering, I think it makes more sense to pull all this money out of ISAs and put in current accounts. What do you think?

    Eg, only 1.5% for easy access ISA, vs up to 5% on a current account. I would lose the tax savings of my historically gained ISAs, but I think this would be outweighed by the extra interest?
  • colsten wrote: »
    £50.5K max in sole current accounts at 3,4 and 5%. £130K max if 2 people max sole and joint accounts together.

    Additional opportunity in Regular Savings accounts at 4 and 6% (and plenty more at lower %age)

    Hey, thanks for that - what order of accounts would you prioritise for?

    I can get my partner to apply for a joint account with me where required.
  • YorkshireBoyYorkshireBoy Forumite
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    what order of accounts would you prioritise for?
    Serious question?...If absolute return is the aim, then start with the 5% ones...then the 4% ones...then the 3% ones.
  • YorkshireBoyYorkshireBoy Forumite
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    I can get my partner to apply for a joint account with me where required.
    Why don't you have a joint Santander account already? Sounds like you're just a few months away from a joint mortgage application? Then way, you wouldn't have £20K making zilch in Santander.
  • Serious question?...If absolute return is the aim, then start with the 5% ones...then the 4% ones...then the 3% ones.

    Excellent point.
  • jonesMUFCforeverjonesMUFCforever Forumite
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    One other thing to think about is how to get it back cheaply to your original account to pay the solicitor the deposit when required.
    You cannot do a faster payment from a savings account so in that instance you would need to open a current account as well or pay a CHAPS or bank cheque fee.
  • ZandermanZanderman Forumite
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    One other thing to think about is how to get it back cheaply to your original account to pay the solicitor the deposit when required.
    You cannot do a faster payment from a savings account so in that instance you would need to open a current account as well or pay a CHAPS or bank cheque fee.

    The accounts which pay 5%, 4% and 3% are current accounts. So if the 70K is re-distributed amongst those there'd be no problem with faster payments. Savings accounts generally have rubbish rates at present so there's little incentive to put cash in those - those are best avoided for that reason alone!
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