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NS&I has burst to the top of the savings market with a new one-year fixed rate bond. We look at why, the effect on the rest of the market, and how to take advantage.
This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.
NS&I is known for offering middle-of-the-road savings products, backed by a venerable and trusted brand. So, it came as a surprise when it offered up a chart-topping rate over one year. And because of the power of NS&I, the impact of the rate hike could reverberate across the savings market.
The NS&I rate hike on its one-year Guaranteed Growth Bonds (6.20% AER/Gross) and Guaranteed Income Bonds (6.20% AER/6.03% Gross) means they’re now the most competitive one-year fixed rate savings accounts on the market.
For the vast majority of the time, NS&I applies the time-honoured rule that it wants to offer something good enough to attract our cash, but without paying over-the-odds for it.
This is because it has three responsibilities – to savers (who want a decent rate), taxpayers (who will pay this rate) and the industry (who don’t want to be unsettled by a treasury-backed product shooting the lights out).
The offerings reflect the fact the organisation has a fairly punchy net financing target of £7.5 billion (plus or minus £3 billion) in this financial year.
This is an especially ambitious target considering people’s finances are under so much pressure that they’re spending their savings to make ends meet. Plus, you generally can’t withdraw from a fixed term product until the term ends.
Our savings and resilience tool found that more than one in four people have seen the cost of their usual spending rise above their income – forcing more of them to eat into their savings.
It means NS&I has thrown its weight behind a really striking rate to attract whatever cash is still around.
Its impact on savers depends on how long it sticks around for.
There’s a chance these rates could already be on their way out, in which case only the speedier savers will benefit.
However, if they hang on for longer, it could well influence the wider market – pushing other banks to pay higher rates. And there’s a possibility we’ll see other generous offers.
We’re also around a year down the track from when we saw a flurry of people start fixing their savings – after rates boomed in the wake of the mini budget. We’re expecting a wall of cash to be maturing over the next few months, so other banks could decide that now is the time to stand out.
This would be a turnaround in expectations because many were expecting fixed term bonds to peak over the last few months.
Either way, its brilliant news for savers. If they’re quick, they can snag a top rate with a 100% treasury guarantee. Or they can take advantage of a more competitive market if these rates hang around.
This article gives you information to help you make the most of your money, but it isn't personal advice. If you're not sure if a certain action is right for you, seek advice. Inflation reduces the future spending power of money.
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