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• aj23
• By aj23 11th Jul 18, 10:20 AM
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aj23
How does this actually work? So you can put up to 10k in it, but can only save manually up to £100 a day, six times a month, so £600 a month. That's 7200k over 12 months, after which is goes back to 0% ?

It says interest is paid quarterly, so I'm assuming you get a payout of 3% on what you have saved into each three month period?

£1800: £54
£3654: £109.62
£5583.62: £167.50
£7551.12: £226.53

Giving you a balance of £7777.65 at the end of 12 months

Sounds too good to be true? Or does it work like a regular saver in which you get 3% on the average balance?
Last edited by aj23; 11-07-2018 at 11:55 AM.
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• Paul_DNAP
• 11th Jul 18, 11:09 AM
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Paul_DNAP
Interest is calculated daily, using a daily rate that would add up to 3% APR. (So yes, like the regular saver thing).
You don't get 3% on top of the amount added in each transaction, and you don't get 3% each quarter (you could estimate it at 0.75% on top of each quarterly balance as 4*.75 = 3 but the exact interest will depend on the exact date within the quarter each individual credit was made.)
Last edited by Paul_DNAP; 11-07-2018 at 11:12 AM.
(Although I could be wrong, I often am.)
• aj23
• By aj23 11th Jul 18, 11:20 AM
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aj23
Interest is calculated daily, using a daily rate that would add up to 3% APR. (So yes, like the regular saver thing).
You don't get 3% on top of the amount added in each transaction, and you don't get 3% each quarter (you could estimate it at 0.75% on top of each quarterly balance as 4*.75 = 3 but the exact interest will depend on the exact date within the quarter each individual credit was made.)
Originally posted by Paul_DNAP
So what could you expect to get on a deposit of £1800 every three months for 12 months?
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 11:32 AM
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Zanderman
So what could you expect to get on a deposit of £1800 every three months for 12 months?
Originally posted by aj23
Your original calculation is way out.

I think it would be best to forget the quarter bit.

You're talking of depositing £600 per month - so work it out as if was a reg saver that you were paying into to on one day per month (it will be slightly less as it's actually £100 per day over 6 days) - and use the calculator here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/best-regular-savings-accounts/#calculator

Which tells you the interest earned would be 116.47 if earning 3%.

That's the equivalent (if you'd put the whole £7200 into one account at the start of the year) of 1.6%, so not actually particularly good. You'd do better with other accounts.

That's IF your Chip account is at 3%. They start at 0% and you get 1% increments up to 5% if you earn referrals. So not all Chip accounts earn 3%, many earn less.
• youngretired
• 11th Jul 18, 11:36 AM
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youngretired
I took this offer up December last year and the way interest is paid is quarterly but worked out weekly.

I pay £400 manually every month but the money doesn't clear into the account very quickly and so doesn't earn interest straight away. You request the save and then it take 3 working days to debit your bank account and then sometimes takes a week to clear into your Chip account i.e. my debit from 5/7 still not cleared today.

Interest that I have earned is 1st quarter 1/4 £7.19 and 2nd quarter 1/7 £16.23. Interest is normally applied Monday weekly so you can check amount given matches to what you work it out to be, I work mine out by simply total amount in account x 3% divide by 52 and it always matches.
• aj23
• By aj23 11th Jul 18, 11:54 AM
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aj23
Your original calculation is way out.

I think it would be best to forget the quarter bit.

You're talking of depositing £600 per month - so work it out as if was a reg saver that you were paying into to on one day per month (it will be slightly less as it's actually £100 per day over 6 days) - and use the calculator here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/best-regular-savings-accounts/#calculator

Which tells you the interest earned would be 116.47 if earning 3%.

That's the equivalent (if you'd put the whole £7200 into one account at the start of the year) of 1.6%, so not actually particularly good. You'd do better with other accounts.

That's IF your Chip account is at 3%. They start at 0% and you get 1% increments up to 5% if you earn referrals. So not all Chip accounts earn 3%, many earn less.
Originally posted by Zanderman
Well that's why I asked. Using the MSE code it's 3% straight away. So that's why I incremented it at 1800 every three months as interest is paid quarterly. But if it works more like a regular saver in that you get 3% on the average balance, it would be about 3600 you'd get 3%, no?
• Riff Raff
• 11th Jul 18, 12:02 PM
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Riff Raff
How much control do you have over the automatic sweep function? Can you turn that off completely?
• DennisTenus
• 11th Jul 18, 1:06 PM
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DennisTenus
How much control do you have over the automatic sweep function? Can you turn that off completely?
Originally posted by Riff Raff
I was wondering this too but I guess it allows you to save more than £600 a month?
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 2:44 PM
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Zanderman
Well that's why I asked. Using the MSE code it's 3% straight away. So that's why I incremented it at 1800 every three months as interest is paid quarterly. But if it works more like a regular saver in that you get 3% on the average balance, it would be about 3600 you'd get 3%, no?
Originally posted by aj23
Er, No! How on earth would you get £3600?

The 3% is an annual interest rate. Forget quarterly interest payments. The rate is annual.

You're depositing £7200 gradually over a year. So it gradually gets interest, with the full 3% only on the very first part of the deposit. The later deposits get a progressively smaller proportion of 3%. Simples.

I've already shown you how to calculate the interest and how much you'd get. What is the problem?
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 2:47 PM
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Zanderman
How much control do you have over the automatic sweep function? Can you turn that off completely?
Originally posted by Riff Raff
I was wondering this too but I guess it allows you to save more than £600 a month?
Originally posted by DennisTenus
It can be turned off for set intervals, the longest being 90 days. So to keep it off all the time you have to reset it to off every 90 days.

Not sure what it will do if you manually save the max 600 in any given month. Perhaps it won't autosweep anything in that month.
• aj23
• By aj23 11th Jul 18, 3:14 PM
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aj23
Er, No! How on earth would you get £3600?

The 3% is an annual interest rate. Forget quarterly interest payments. The rate is annual.

You're depositing £7200 gradually over a year. So it gradually gets interest, with the full 3% only on the very first part of the deposit. The later deposits get a progressively smaller proportion of 3%. Simples.

I've already shown you how to calculate the interest and how much you'd get. What is the problem?
Originally posted by Zanderman
I said that if it works like a regular, you'd get 3% on about 3600, the average balance. I did use the calculator. I didn't say there was a problem?
• DennisTenus
• 11th Jul 18, 3:32 PM
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DennisTenus
Oh right so the max is £600 a month? I misunderstood, thinking it was max £600 manually a month + sweeps?

So if you put it in max £600 a month how much interest will you earn over the year? Would it be £116.47?
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 3:37 PM
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Zanderman
I said that if it works like a regular, you'd get 3% on about 3600, the average balance. I did use the calculator. I didn't say there was a problem?
Originally posted by aj23
Ok, apologies. It was just the way you worded it, saying "it would be about 3600 you'd get 3%" which made me think you were wrongly working the interest. I see what you mean now though it is (in my view!) an odd way of looking at it.
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 3:39 PM
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Zanderman
Oh right so the max is £600 a month? I misunderstood, thinking it was max £600 manually a month + sweeps?

So if you put it in max £600 a month how much interest will you earn over the year? Would it be £116.47?
Originally posted by DennisTenus
I didn't say whether it was £600 max, I was just speculating that it might be!

• DennisTenus
• 11th Jul 18, 3:41 PM
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DennisTenus
I didn't say whether it was £600 max, I was just speculating that it might be!

Originally posted by Zanderman
Yes thats where I got the interest amount from but was just confirming as its quite confusing

There is no withdraw restrictions with this is there?
• Zanderman
• 11th Jul 18, 3:44 PM
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Zanderman
Yes thats where I got the interest amount from but was just confirming as its quite confusing

There is no withdraw restrictions with this is there?
Originally posted by DennisTenus
Don't think so. But I only use mine as a manual DD to satisfy DD requirements on other accounts, so I only pay in a small amount at a time and have never actually withdrawn any yet!
• aj23
• By aj23 11th Jul 18, 4:49 PM
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aj23
Ok, apologies. It was just the way you worded it, saying "it would be about 3600 you'd get 3%" which made me think you were wrongly working the interest. I see what you mean now though it is (in my view!) an odd way of looking at it.
Originally posted by Zanderman
Well that's just how regular savers work. It says it on the RS page on here too. Whatever the rate is, you get that on the average balance. Easiest way to work it out.

Say it's 5% on 300 a month, you'd get 5% on 1800, not 3600.

The Chip 3% sounds appealing but 600 a month just on that is a lot I guess. It's not very clear how you operate it. Like, how do you only do manual saves?
Last edited by aj23; 11-07-2018 at 4:53 PM.
• youngretired
• 11th Jul 18, 6:04 PM
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youngretired
You can do 6 x £100 manual saves a month and also auto-saves. MSE says maximum of £10000 can be saved a year so I would guess that when you come close to this amount then it will stop the auto-saves and prevent you from doing the manual saves.

If you only want to do manual saves then you pause the auto saves and this can be up to 90 days and then you need to reset it again. I've done this every time so far and haven't had any auto saves. You know when you need to reset it as you will get an email saying you are about to save x-amount (a auto-save) so cancel this and then reset otherwise you can put it on a calendar.
• ValiantSon
• 11th Jul 18, 7:32 PM
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ValiantSon
How does this actually work? So you can put up to 10k in it, but can only save manually up to £100 a day, six times a month, so £600 a month. That's 7200k over 12 months, after which is goes back to 0% ?

It says interest is paid quarterly, so I'm assuming you get a payout of 3% on what you have saved into each three month period?

£1800: £54
£3654: £109.62
£5583.62: £167.50
£7551.12: £226.53

Giving you a balance of £7777.65 at the end of 12 months

Sounds too good to be true? Or does it work like a regular saver in which you get 3% on the average balance?
Originally posted by aj23
Regular savers don't pay interest on the average balance. They pay whatever the rate is on all the money in the account, calculated daily. This is not the average balance, and it is the way all simple interest works, whether it is a regular saver, easy access account, notice account, fixed rate savings bond, or current account.
• aj23
• By aj23 12th Jul 18, 10:17 AM
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aj23
You can do 6 x £100 manual saves a month and also auto-saves. MSE says maximum of £10000 can be saved a year so I would guess that when you come close to this amount then it will stop the auto-saves and prevent you from doing the manual saves.

If you only want to do manual saves then you pause the auto saves and this can be up to 90 days and then you need to reset it again. I've done this every time so far and haven't had any auto saves. You know when you need to reset it as you will get an email saying you are about to save x-amount (a auto-save) so cancel this and then reset otherwise you can put it on a calendar.
Originally posted by youngretired
I don't know why the max. is 10k when the most you could save in it at 600p/m is 7200.
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