Are there different types of personal savings accounts?

There are three common types of savings account:

Fixed Term Bonds – These allow you to set aside a one-off sum for a specified length of time and earn an agreed rate of interest during that period. However, with most fixed term bonds, you cannot withdraw your money during the term of the bond, so you should only deposit funds you won’t need to access during that time.

Notice Accounts – These allow you to deposit funds whenever you wish and to earn an agreed variable rate of interest on your balance. However, you can only make withdrawals after giving the required notice. For example, with a 40-Day Notice Account you would have to request a withdrawal 40 days before you needed to have the money. These accounts offer more flexibility than fixed term bonds and usually pay a slightly lower interest rate as a result.

Instant Access Accounts – These offer the greatest flexibility as you can withdraw your money at any time. However, these typically pay the lowest rates of interest of the three main types of savings accounts.