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
Excellent
Website / app
Excellent
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
Better then my so called big bank in the US.
I just opened a cd for 15k and thus far the customer service has been good and I am looking forward to earning interest on my new 24mo cd! I am going to open a savings account next. I am tired of earning next to nothing from Chase and now have the ability to earn some interest. I am 59yrs old and need to really start saving and earning fast. So far this seems to be the best to serve my needs.
Overall
Customer service
Fair
Website / app
Fair
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
WOW
I can believe all the negative reviews. I opened my savings account 2014 years ago at 1%APY. Well over what you would get at a regular bank or credit union. Now its at 2.2%APY while banks and credit unions still give you nothing. I realize 2.2% still isn't that much, but its good for saving. I have never had a problem with verification or customer service. The app could be better, but it gets the job done. I also have a barclays credit card. Great service. No complaints here.
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