So you’ve done your research, you know what a savings account is, how it works, and you’ve picked out an account that suits your needs. By now you’re probably eager to set some money aside and start saving, and earn great interest in the process. But when should you expect to see this interest show up in your account?
When your account earns interest depends on the savings account you’ve chosen, as they all tend to earn interest in slightly different ways, and at slightly different times. A Success Saver account, for example, calculates interest on the minimum daily balance, and then pays out on the final business day of each month. A Term Deposit investment, on the other hand, usually sees interest paid either monthly, quarterly, or once it has reached maturity, depending on the terms you’ve chosen.
Most savings accounts pay ‘compound interest’, which means you earn interest on the interest you’ve already earned. If that’s a bit of a tongue twister, think of it this way:
The amount you earn in interest over a given time period - in this case, a month - is added to your account on a monthly basis, and it’s this new balance - not the original amount - that is used to calculate the interest you earn the following month.
In this way, a savings account that pays out more frequently will, over time, see you making more than one that pays less often. Even if both accounts share the same rate.
Are you serious about your savings? A NZCU Baywide, so are we. Our Success Saver account puts your money to work with compound interest and competitive rates that reward you for saving.
How the Success Saver account earns and pays interest:
Our CANSTAR 5 Star Rated Online Saver account is one of New Zealand’s best savings accounts. If it’s great rates, easy access, and flexibility you’re after, then our Online Saver account could be for you.
How the Online Saver account earns and pays interest:
Christmas is stressful enough, what with the food, friends and family, so why waste it worrying about money? Our Christmas Saver account takes the stress out of Christmas spending and lets you put money aside throughout the year so you’re ready to roll when the holidays come around.
How the Christmas Saver account earns and pays interest:
A savings account is like a financial rite of passage for most Kiwi kids. With our Kids Saver account you can ensure your kids’ or grandkids’ first steps in their financial life are good ones.
How the kids Saver account earns and pays interest: