Help to Buy ISA
Nationwide to slash FlexDirect interest – but newbies still have three weeks to grab 5% for a year
Nationwide is to cut the interest on its popular FlexDirect current account from 5% to 2% AER in May
6 April 2020
100,000s of Help to Buy ISAs opened in week before deadline – here's what to do if you missed out
Over 40% of Nationwide's Help to Buy ISA accounts were opened in the final week before the deadline, as a last-minute rush saw over 300,000 applications at the building society alone - but if you missed out, you can still boost your savings with a Lifetime ISA
9 December 2019
National insurance number delays hit 16-year-olds trying to beat Help to Buy ISA deadline
Some 16-year-olds are struggling to open a Help to Buy ISA before the deadline at the end of this month because they haven't yet received their NI numbers
14 November 2019
Over 15,000 cash Lifetime ISAs opened
The first cash Lifetime ISA has already proved popular with savers, with thousands opened in the first week
19 June 2017
Lifetime ISA and Help to Save applicants need guidance, Martin tells MPs
Martin Lewis has warned that two new savings schemes being launched by the Government must come with clear guidance
25 October 2016
All Halifax Help to Buy ISA customers to be hit with rate reductions later this year
Halifax will once again chop the interest rate it offers on its Help to Buy ISA to as low as 2% from 8 December
3 October 2016
Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to close
A guarantee which lets those with small deposits buy homes with Government-backed loans will end on 31 December
29 September 2016
First-time buyer bonuses under Lifetime ISAs to come at exchange, after Help to Buy controversy
First-time buyers will be able to get a state bonus towards a first home when they exchange under the LISA scheme
15 September 2016
Santander slashes savings rates amid ongoing 123 speculation
Rates on two different Santander products have been cut this week as customers continue to wonder if more are to come
3 August 2016
Halifax slashes Help to Buy ISA rate for new customers
Halifax has cut the interest rate of its Help to Buy ISA from 4% to 2.5% for new customers
3 May 2016
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