A lot of people seem to think you can only have one account at a time. But you can actually have multiple current accounts with various banks.
Having more than one bank account should not affect your credit score, unless you try to open loads of new ones in a very short space of time.
And if you open a new account, you don’t need to switch all your payments over from your old bank or the accounts that you already have, unless you want to.
Why would I have more than one account?
There are a few reasons why having more than one account might be useful:
- Trying out a new account: In recent years the industry’s become a lot more competitive, and each bank offers something different. Using different banks can help you see whether the products, services or features of another account suit you.
- You’ve found another provider you prefer: Whether the app’s easier to use, the customer service is better, or the bank has a branch near you, you might have shopped around and found a new account you like.
- Taking advantage of offers: Many banks offer cash or short-term deals to encourage you to switch, so you can make money a bit of money when you open a new account.
- Earning interest: Some banks pay interest on the money you have in your current account. But many have a maximum balance that they pay interest on.
- Keeping your money protected: If the money in your current account is over the £85,000 limit for FSCS protection, you might want to spread your money across multiple current accounts. This will guarantee it’s protected if anything should happen to your banks. Just remember, some banks (like HSBC and First Direct) are linked, so the £85,000 limit applies to the money you have at both banks.
- Staying organised: If you’re managing a few different incomes, you might want to keep them in different accounts.
If you’re thinking of opening multiple accounts, there are also a few things worth bearing in mind:
- Don’t open loads of accounts at once: If you open many different bank accounts in a short period of time, it could negatively affect your credit score and your ability to borrow money in the next few months.
- Check you can meet the minimum requirements: To stop people opening new accounts just to take advantage of signup offers, some accounts require you to pay a minimum amount of money in or out each month. If you’re thinking of opening a new account, remember to check you can meet all the requirements.
- Make sure the account suits you long-term: If you open a new account to take advantage of an incentive, you should also check if the account suits you after the deal is over.
- Stay on top of any admin: If you only have a couple of accounts, your money should still be easy to manage. But when you have much more than that, it’s important to stay in control.
How do I open a new account?
You can usually open a new account online, through the app, or by going into a branch.
Signing up for Monzo only takes a few minutes. Just download the app and follow the instructions to get started. The only thing you’ll need to hand is some valid ID!
Switching payments over
When you open a new account, you can decide if you want to switch any payments over from your old bank, and choose whether you want to close your old accounts or leave them open.
If you do want to move payments over to your new account, you can use the Current Account Switch Service. It helps you switch some or all of your payments between banks that support the service. And switching only takes a few taps!
A partial switch lets you choose particular payments to switch to your new account, or move all of them over but keep the old account open. While a full switch moves all of your payments over and closes your old account.
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