In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, announcements included a new three-year Government-backed NS&I Investment Bond.
- This will be available from spring 2017
- Rate of 2.2% AER interest for three years on up to £3,000
- Savers could earn £66 interest a year from the bond (before any compounding)
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For immediate release 23 November 2016
Martin Lewis comments on the new NS&I investment bond
- Bond announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement this afternoon
- Martin Lewis says it “isn’t the Chancellor’s rabbit out of a hat”
Of the announcement of the new bond, Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, says:
“This new NS&I bond isn’t the Chancellor’s rabbit out of a hat, it’s more of a mouse.
“Unlike its predecessor, the pensioner bond, which allowed people to save up to £10,000 at up to 4% for 3 years, this is £3,000 at a likely 2.2%.
“You’ll be saving for 3 years, so that’s £66 in interest a year (ignoring any compound interest). The current best-paying 3 year fixed deal on the market is 1.62%, so it’s an improvement. But actually, in the private market at the moment, it’s only an improvement of £18 a year.
“Certainly any account that beats the paltry rates of interest that we have currently is to be welcomed, but I don’t see many people whooping.”
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