Currency Access Accounts

Exclusive to Investec Private Banking clients

Investec Currency Access account
Investec Currency Access account

Looking to transfer money overseas? Buy, sell or mortgage your property abroad, repatriate your salary or pay international school or university fees? Discover our range of currency access accounts that are exclusive to Investec Private Bank clients.

Hold funds in up to 15 currencies to minimise the effects of currency fluctuations in your monthly outgoings. There is no charge to hold funds in these accounts, and you are able to see all of your currency account balances online. 

How your Currency Access Account works

Interest rates

AER* variable interest is paid monthly and is not compounded. The interest paid differs according to currency held – but please note that not all currencies earn interest at the moment. See table below with full details.

Tax status

Interest is paid without tax being deducted from 6 April 2016.

How you are taxed on this interest will depend on your individual circumstances and you should seek professional tax advice if you have specific questions. Guidance can also be found on the HMRC website. 

Withdrawal and access

No notice, easy access.

Access your account information via online and telephone banking.

There are different cut-off times for different currencies and different types of electronic payment instructions. Please read our schedule of cut-off times relevant to your currency.

Your protection

You’re protected under the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Please read this important information about your rights. 

Your questions

More information

We've answered your questions about Investec’s private foreign exchange services and Currency Access Account. Visit the frequently asked questions page below.

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Interest rates

You can hold funds in up to 15 currencies. The table below shows the current interest rates available with our Currency Access Accounts.


Product Currency Gross AER*
South African Rand ZAR 3.20% 3.25%
Sterling GBP 0.00% 0.00%
Swiss Franc CHF 0.00% 0.00%
Australian Dollar AUD 0.10% 0.10%
New Zealand Dollar NZD 0.10% 0.10%
Canadian Dollar CAD 0.10% 0.10%
Japanese Yen JPY 0.00% 0.00%
Swedish Krona SEK 0.00% 0.00%
Danish Krona DKK 0.00% 0.00%
Singapore Dollar SGD 0.00% 0.00%
US Dollar USD 0.25% 0.25%
Euro EUR 0.00% 0.00%
Israeli Shekel ILS 0.00% 0.00%
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 0.00% 0.00%
Norwegian Krona NOK 0.00% 0.00%

* AER stands for the Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once a year. "Gross" is the contractual interest rate paid before the deduction of any tax.

** Interest is paid gross, without the deduction of tax. In accordance with the EU Savings Tax Directive, automatic exchange of information applies where individuals are resident in the European Union.

FAQs and Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) information

We’ve answered your most common questions about our foreign exchange services and the Currency Access Account.

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Please read this important information about your rights under the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme. 

FSCS information >