at Barclays,

Member, FDIC

Pros

2.20% APY on savings, among the best you'll find
$5 nonsufficient funds fee; many banks charge $30 or more for similar fees

Cons

No ATM network or branch locations for U.S. customers
No checking account
No cash deposits or withdrawals from ATMs

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Overall

4.0

London-based Barclays provides services to 48 million people worldwide. Its U.S. banking operation, which is only online, offers excellent annual percentage yields on savings accounts and certificates of deposit — but it doesn’t offer a checking account.

 

Barclays also lacks a branch network, so it’s best suited for consumers who prefer a hands-off approach to saving money. But if you value high savings rates, you might be able to overlook these limitations.

 

Ratings methodology | Updated May 31, 2018

Savings

5.0

With low fees and some of the highest interest rates around, Barclays is the bank to boost your savings. The Online Savings account pays 2.20% APY and has a tool for setting savings goals. There are no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements.

 

Most banks charge $30 or more for overdraft fees, but Barclays has only a $5 nonsufficient funds fee, charged if an online transfer would overdraw your account.

 

Want to see more options? Check out NerdWallet’s best high-yield online savings accounts

Online Savings Account
APY
2.20%
Min. balance for APY
$1

at Barclays,

Member, FDIC

Online CD
APY
3.10%
Min. balance for APY
$1
Length of term
5 years

at Barclays,

Member, FDIC

How does Barclays compare?

Barclays

Online Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Barclays,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.20%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Online Savings

NerdWallet Rating

at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.25%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

Citizens Access

Online Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Citizens Access,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.35%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

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Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
Website always down, doesn't work!
Their website has been a disaster, especially this month (Feb 19). Login errors, downtime, kicking people out, refusing to complete transfers, etc. It's an absolute mess. I really regret putting any money into Barclays because now it's a nightmare trying to log in and use the site. Calling customer service results in ridiculous wait times. I'm planning on moving all my funds somewhere else just as soon as their website is functional enough to complete the transfers!
Overall
Customer service
Excellent
Website / app
Excellent
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
No gimmicks, best rates
Love this account. Always get best rates with no gimmicks or gotchas. Never used customer service. But fast, easy to use, and simple.
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