You can hold uninvested money on your Personal and Business multi-currency accounts in GBP, EUR and USD that can also earn interest.
The amount of interest earned is based on the current per annum (per year) base interest rate — from which we’ll take a transparent 0.75% cut. See our pricing page for the current interest rates.
- You’ll start earning interest daily, on the same day as your deposit hits your Lightyear account.
- We calculate the unpaid interest daily on the available uninvested cash balance of your investment account to five decimal places using the latest Lightyear rate. We then sum and round the unpaid interest amounts to two decimal places. Interest payments will be credited to your Lightyear account on the first of every month, and you can see the interest that you have been paid in the latest version of the Lightyear app and in your statements.
- Money that’s been reserved for orders or other reasons does not accrue interest, and if you close your account before the next interest payment date, it won’t be paid out.
Please note you’ll be responsible for the appropriate tax reporting and payments, in accordance with your local tax laws. You can opt-out from earning interest by navigating to “Earn Interest” under the Settings page, which will cause any unpaid interest to be forfeited.
Earning interest on your uninvested money does not change the way your money is segregated or safeguarded. We always hold our customers’ uninvested money in segregated client money accounts in regulated and reputable credit institutions, which you can read more about in our article "How are my assets protected?". It is important to note that the funds held in your Lightyear account are not equivalent to a bank deposit, and therefore in the unlikely event that all appropriate safeguards fail, funds are ultimately protected by the Investor Protection Sectoral Fund only for amounts up to 20,000 EUR in total across all your multi-currency account balances. Funds are not covered by the Deposit Guarantee Sectoral Fund, as it only covers bank deposits.
We will not lend out uninvested money in your investment account. We hold your uninvested money in segregated client money accounts in regulated and reputable credit institutions who pay Lightyear interest on the money we hold with them. We use the interest that they pay us to pay you interest at a transparent rate.