In today’s increasingly globalised world, the need for multi-currency banking solutions, including savings accounts, has grown.
UK residents, whether due to travel, business, property ownership, or other ties to Europe, often seek Euro savings accounts.
While the UK’s departure from the EU has added layers of complexity, options remain for those looking to save in Euros.
Why Consider a Euro Savings Account? Before diving into the available options, it’s essential to understand why one might consider a Euro savings account:
Currency Risk Management: By holding savings in Euros, UK residents can hedge against GBP/EUR currency fluctuations, especially if they have regular Euro expenditures.
Property or Business Ownership: Those who own property or businesses in the Eurozone might find it easier to manage finances with a Euro account.
Frequent Travellers: Regular travellers to Eurozone countries can benefit from having funds in Euros, avoiding conversion fees and benefiting from favourable exchange rates when transferring money.
Options for Euro Savings Accounts:
High Street Banks:
Many major UK banks offer Euro accounts, though these are often current accounts rather than dedicated savings accounts.
Banks like HSBC, Barclays, and Lloyds have Euro account options, but it’s essential to check the associated fees, especially for transfers and withdrawals.
Some global banks provide multi-currency accounts, allowing UK residents to hold, transfer, and save in Euros.
These banks often have a more international focus, making them a good fit for those with global financial needs.
Specialist Currency Banks and Financial Institutions:
Opening an Account in the Eurozone:
Another approach is to open a savings account directly with a bank located within the Eurozone. While this was simpler while the UK was part of the EU, it’s still possible, though with more documentation and potential restrictions.
Things to Consider:
Fees: Always be aware of any charges associated with managing the account, making transfers, or withdrawing money.
Interest Rates: As with any savings account, compare the interest rates on offer. In the current low-interest environment, rates might be minimal, but they can vary between institutions.
Protection: Ensure that the bank or institution offers deposit protection, similar to the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which protects deposits up to a certain amount.
Accessibility: Consider how easy it is to access and manage your funds, especially if the bank is outside the UK. Online banking features, customer service availability, and other user-friendly features can be crucial.
Government Deposit and Savings Guarantee Scheemes
Several countries offer Deposit and Savings Guarantee Schemes.
It is important to check if savings are protected.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) stands as the deposit guarantee scheme in the United Kingdom,
At its current level, the FSCS guarantees a sum of up to £85,000
There are similar schemes in other countries.