Glossary

Glossary

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AER

Description

AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate. Whenever you see an advert for a savings account which shows an interest rate, you will see the AER. This means you can use the AER to compare accounts. It shows what the interest rate would be if your interest was paid and compounded once each year.

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Annual interest

Description

Interest is paid on an annual basis.

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Bank of England Bank rate

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The interest rate published by the Bank of England in connection with its open money market operations.

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Cash ISA

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A Cash Individual Savings Account - accounts designed to enable an individual to save without paying income tax on their savings.  For more details, take a look at our guide to ISAs.

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Fixed rate

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A rate of interest that is fixed for a period of time.

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Fixed term

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A fixed period of time that money is deposited for, agreed on opening the account.

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Gross

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Gross rate means we will not deduct tax from the interest we pay on money in your account. It’s your responsibility to pay any tax you may owe to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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ISA allowance

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The amount allowed to be invested in an ISA which is free of income tax.

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Lump sum

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A one off amount of money an individual wants to make into an account.

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Monthly interest

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Interest is paid on a monthly basis.

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p.a.

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Per annum meaning every year.

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Regular savings

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Saving regularly (e.g. every month) into an account.

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Tax-free

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Tax-free is the contractual rate of interest payable where interest is exempt from income tax.

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Variable rate

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A rate of interest that can change at anytime up or down.

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Withdrawal

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When instructions are carried out to pay money out of your account (e.g. cash taken out of an account).