Editorial Review

Barclays Bank Review: Savings and CDs

Online-only in the U.S., Barclays doesn't offer a checking account but has strong interest rates on its savings and CD accounts.

Spencer TierneyOctober 9, 2019

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Overall bank rating

Barclays
  • Savings

    Savings

  • CD rates

    CD rates

  • Banking experience

    Banking experience

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line: London-based Barclays provides services to 48 million people worldwide. Its U.S. banking operation, which is online-only, offers excellent annual percentage yields on savings accounts and certificates of deposit — but it doesn’t offer a checking account. Barclays also lacks a U.S. branch network, so it’s best suited for consumers who don’t require in-person assistance. But if you value high savings rates, you might be able to overlook these limitations.

Pros

  • 1.15% APY on savings, among the best you'll find.

  • No minimum opening deposits for savings or CDs.

  • $5 nonsufficient funds fee; many banks charge $30 or more for similar fees.

Cons

  • No ATM network and no branches for U.S. customers.

  • No checking account.

  • No cash deposits or withdrawals from ATMs.

Full review

Barclays Online Savings Account

Barclays Online Savings Account

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
APY

1.15%

With $0 minimum balance

With low fees and strong rates, Barclays is a good bank to boost your savings. The Online Savings account pays 1.15% 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

Barclays CD

Barclays CD

4.0

NerdWallet rating 
1-year APY

1.00%

3-year APY

1.00%

5-year APY

1.00%

Minimum Deposit

$0

Barclays' interest rates are among the best available. There's no minimum opening deposit, so you can save any amount you can afford. You can compare Barclays with other good CD options using our tool.

» Looking for the best CD rates? Find out what banks are offering this month

Banking experience

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

At this bank, you mostly get the basics. You can contact customer service every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. The Barclays website is optimized for smartphones and allows you to deposit checks electronically, and there is a mobile app for U.S. customers.

Barclays Online Savings Account

Barclays Online Savings Account

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
APY

1.15%

With $0 minimum balance

With low fees and strong rates, Barclays is a good bank to boost your savings. The Online Savings account pays 1.15% 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

Barclays CD

Barclays CD

4.0

NerdWallet rating 
1-year APY

1.00%

3-year APY

1.00%

5-year APY

1.00%

Minimum Deposit

$0

Barclays' interest rates are among the best available. There's no minimum opening deposit, so you can save any amount you can afford. You can compare Barclays with other good CD options using our tool.

» Looking for the best CD rates? Find out what banks are offering this month

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

At this bank, you mostly get the basics. You can contact customer service every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. The Barclays website is optimized for smartphones and allows you to deposit checks electronically, and there is a mobile app for U.S. customers.

How does Barclays compare?

APY

1.30%

With $0 minimum balance

APY

1.30%

With $0 minimum balance

APY

1.30%

With $0 minimum balance

Bonus

N/A

Bonus

N/A

Bonus

$500

Requirements to qualify

RATING METHODOLOGY

NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.