Raisin Bank: an alternative option for Irish savers
Daragh Cassidy
Head Writer

Irish savers have to contend with some of the lowest deposit rates in all of Europe, but there is an alternative option.

It’s still not a great market for savers.

Despite high inflation and the European Central Bank aggressively increasing interest rates, the savings rates on offer from Irish banks remain very low. In fact rates here are among the lowest in the Eurozone. 

However, there are alternatives for Irish savers and that’s where Raisin Bank comes in.

Raisin is an online marketplace for savings products across Europe. Through its online platform, Irish savers can easily access better savings rates from banks elsewhere in Europe.

But before we get into more detail about the service for savers and the rates Raisin Bank offers, here’s a little more background about the company.

Who is Raisin Bank?

Raisin Bank is part of Raisin DS, a fintech company that provides an open banking infrastructure for the global deposit market, opening up investment opportunities for consumers in Europe and the U.S. through access to exclusive savings products and some of the best interest rates available.

It operates across Europe and the US and collaborates with around 400 banks and financial service providers from more than 30 countries.

How it works

With Raisin Bank, Irish savers can easily access the savings rates on offer from banks all over Europe by signing up to its online account. And these rates are usually well above what's on offer from Irish banks. 

Signing up with Raisin Bank is simple and only requires one online registration. From there customers can choose from numerous savings accounts from other European banks and subsequently manage their accounts entirely online too.

To sign up, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Open a Raisin Account online - you just have to register on Raisin.ie and verify your identity using video identification.
  2. Receive your login information and start browsing rates.
  3. Sign up to a savings account(s) and manage them all online.

Once Raisin Bank has verified your identity, it will send you your login details for its Online Banking System, and from there you’ll be able to access exclusive offers from its partner banks across Europe.

Additionally, through its Online Banking System you will be able to clearly see and manage your various deposit accounts as well as being able to keep up to date about new savings products that become available.

Have we got your interest yet?

What’s on offer?

With a Raisin Account consumers can browse savings products from banks across Europe, not to mention avail of some of the best interest rates currently available, making saving simple.

Customers can browse a range of fixed-term deposit accounts from one year (or less), all the way up to a period of five years at present. 

As interest rates from banks in Ireland remaining at close to historic lows, Irish savers can receive much better rates by signing up through Raisin Bank.

For example, the best five-year rate offered via Raisin Bank for someone with €50,000 to put away is currently 3.50% from Younited Credit in France. This compares to a max rate of only 2% from Irish banks right now. And you can get a three-year rate of 3.60% with Banco Português de Gestão.

Is my money safe and is there anything I should be concerned about?

Any money you have on deposit up to €100,000 per bank is covered by the relevant deposit guarantee scheme of the country the bank operates in. 

However you should still make sure that the bank you sign up to is well run and fully licensed by a reputable financial authority. And make sure you read the relevant terms and conditions before signing up. 

What about paying DIRT?

In most cases, your returns will be paid out tax-free. However you'll need to declare any returns for deposit interest retention tax (DIRT) on your annual tax return in Ireland. This is currently 33%. 

Some banks in some countries might also charge a withholding tax to non-residents, so this is something to clarify before signing up.

Alternatives to Rasin 

Opening a savings account with Raisin may not be for everyone. 

The good news is that there are plenty more options available if you want to make your money work for you and get a worthwhile return on your savings. Check out our article on alternative savings options for more information.

We also recorded a podcast this year on alternative savings options for consumers if you’d prefer to sit back and listen - you can find that episode here!

Compare savings accounts on bonkers.ie

Remember, if you’re looking to save your money, you can easily compare savings accounts for the best rates Irish banks have to offer right here on bonkers.ie.

We compare savings accounts from all of Ireland’s top financial institutions so whether you’re a monthly or lump sum saver, don’t worry, bonkers.ie will find the best interest rate for you.

Use our comparison tool here to compare savings accounts across the likes of AIB, Bank of Ireland, and more!

Make sure you check out our banking and personal finance comparison page to see how you can lower your other everyday banking costs and get the best return on your money.

Let us know your thoughts!

Have you ever used Raisin Bank? Would you consider taking out a savings account in another European country? Let us know in the comments below.

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