The graph on our landing page compares the historic returns generated from earning interest in a typical, high-street bank savings account, against the investment funds offered by Plum. These illustrate the power of compound interest, and the potential benefits of investing for the long-term.

It is important to be aware that, whilst we’ve sought to compare the differing returns offered, these two options represent very different levels of risk. A bank account and an investment fund are two separate financial products with different levels of risk. In addition, a bank account is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) whereas investing with Plum is not FSCS protected. When investing, your capital is at risk. Therefore, we are not comparing financial products but only illustrating the differences in potential interest to be earned with plum.

Our findings show that the average return offered by a bank savings account was 0.10% AER. When compared to the 5-year performance of the investment funds offered by Plum, we see a far greater return (albeit with differing risk levels). A breakdown of this performance and more details on the funds in general can be found here.

High Street Bank Interest Rates — 0.10% on average per year

For benchmarking purposes the bank accounts listed below, alongside their relevant links and interest rates included, have been selected because they offer an equivalent level of flexibility to Plum (i.e. there are no penalties for immediate withdrawal of your funds). The major banks, with respective interest rates, are detailed below.

High Street Bank Interest Rates

(As 7th June 2022)

HSBC

Flexible Saver, 0.10% AER

Lloyds

Easy Saver, 0.10% AER

Natwest

Instant Saver, 0.10% AER

RBS

Instant Saver, 0.10% AER

Barclays

Everyday Saver, 0.01% AER

TSB

Easy Saver, 0.15% AER

Halifax

Everyday Saver, 0.15% AER

Santander

Everyday Saver, 0.10% AER

Nationwide

Instant Access Saver, 0.11% AER (up to £9,999)

Plum interest accounts pay 0.50% AER interest for Plum Basic customers (free), and 1.01% AER for Plum Plus, Plum Pro and Plum Ultra subscribers (billed at £1.00, £2.99 and £4.99 per month, respectively).

Note: Plum interest rates correct as 7th June 2022

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