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Interest calculations

More about how we calculate interest on your savings account.

How is my interest calculated?

We use standard calculation to work out the amount of interest you earn:

  • Cleared balance (or transaction amount)
  • Multiplied by interest rate (or rate change difference)
  • Multiplied by number of days to the next interest payment date
  • Divided by number of days in the year (i.e. 365 or 366 in a leap year)

When you open your account, we project how much interest you will be paid at the next interest payment date, assuming the balance and the interest rate don't change.

Transaction typeCash deposit
Amount£10,000.90
Interest rate5%
Date paid in1 Jan 2009
Interest payment date31 May 2009
Number of days to the next interest payment date151
£10,000.90 x 5% x 151 days ÷ 365 days = £206.87 gross

This is the gross amount of interest due.

What happens if I make additional transactions?

If you make further transactions, the amount of interest due will either increase or decrease depending upon whether you pay funds into the account or make withdrawals. For example:

Transaction typeCheque withdrawal
Amount£1,000.32
Interest rate5%
Date paid in1 Feb 2009
Interest payment date31 May 2009
Number of days to the next interest payment date120
£1,000.32 x 5% x 120 days ÷ 365 days = £16.44 gross

Because this is a withdrawal, this amount will be deducted from the amount you are due to be paid. The new amount of interest you are due to receive on 31 May 2009 in the example, is £190.43 gross (£206.87 - £16.44).

When do I earn interest on a deposit?

If you pay cash into your account, your account will earn interest from the day of receipt. Deposits via CHAPS (Clearing House Automated Payment System), BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing Services) and FPS (Faster Payments Service) will also earn interest from the business day of receipt.

You will earn interest from the day of the payment if you transfer funds from another Virgin Money plc account.

Payments made by cheque have to go through the cheque clearance cycle. This enables banks to check your instructions, make sure there are sufficient funds available and transfer payments. If you pay a cheque into your Virgin Money plc account, the money will be available for withdrawal on the fourth business day after we process the cheque (a business day excludes Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays). However, you will start earning interest two business days after deposit (for all cheques which are not Virgin Money plc cheques). Please note you can only be certain the money is yours by the end of the sixth business day after we process the cheque, from which point the money cannot be taken from you without your agreement unless you are a knowing party to fraud.

What about when I make withdrawals?

If you withdraw funds from your account by cash, cheque, FPS or CHAPS we will pay you interest up to and including the day prior to the date of withdrawal. In the case of transfers between Virgin Money plc accounts, we will pay interest up to and including the day prior to the date of the transfer on the account from which the funds are withdrawn.

You will find details in our Interest Calculation leaflet PDF opens in a new window  (PDF, 84KB). Please download the file, and print it out.

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