New account launched by National Savings & Investments

After being announced in last year’s budget, the new National Savings & Investments (NS&I) Investment Guaranteed Growth Bond has finally been launched. The bond is a fixed rate product, offering 2.2% gross/AER. The Treasury announced it in November 2016 as a ‘market leading’ savings bond, but whilst it does offer the highest interest rate, it arrives at a time when inflation is high and expected to rise. What exactly is it? Contrary to what the name suggests, the new NS&I bond isn’t an investment product, but a savings bond with no element of ...

The three groups that will be hit by the new inflation high

Inflation. It is enough to fill anybody with dread. Money only stretches so far, and it is even harder to stretch a pound when it is only worth 97.7 pence. Well, that is the reality after inflation was recently announced to have exceeded the Bank of England’s 2% target to a level of 2.3%. The Office for National Statistics released a bulletin on the 21st of March, revealing inflation to be much higher than previously thought. This news has come as a surprise to many, and will affect three groups of ...

Savings: Interest rates on Pensioner Bonds cut

No quick return for NS&I Index Linked Certificates 150pxNational Savings & Investments (NS&I) has announced the interest rates payable to savers, who decide to roll over their 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bond when it matures on its first anniversary. The NS&I product, often referred to as a Pensioner Bond, was launched by the Government last year with huge publicity and very attractive interest rates. Savers who took out the one-year fixed rate bond enjoyed an interest rate of 2.80% gross, well above other similar accounts and these are now starting to mature. However, savers will ...

Savings: NS&I increase interest rates on guaranteed bonds, but are they a good deal?

No quick return for NS&I Index Linked Certificates 150pxNational Savings & Investments (NS&I) savings products have always been popular, especially as all the money saved with them is 100% guaranteed by the Government. The news that the interest rates payable on the NS&I Guaranteed Growth Bonds is about to increase will therefore be welcomed by savers. But how competitive are the new interest rates? Read on as we investigate. What are the new interest rates? From 20th October the interest rates on the NS&I Guaranteed Growth Bonds will be increased, across the board, by ...