Government 2.2% savings bond goes on sale

Category: Financial planning

Coins02A new government savings bond, offering what the Treasury says is a “market leading” rate of 2.2%, has been launched online. The Investment Guaranteed Growth Bond (IGGB) was promised by the chancellor in last year’s Autumn Statement. Savers will be able to invest between £100 and £3,000 at any time over the next 12 months. The return exceeds the best three-year bond advertised on the Moneyfacts website, which is currently 2%.

Anyone depositing £1,000 can expect to earn about £67 in interest, if they make no withdrawals over the three-year period. Those investing the full amount of £3,000 can expect to make about £202. At the time of the Autumn Statement, the chancellor said that two million people were likely to benefit from the new bond.

However, critics have described the interest rate as “underwhelming”. Two years ago, so-called pensioner bonds offered a return of up to 4%. The interest will be subject to income tax, although basic rate taxpayers can earn £1,000 a year in savings interest without paying tax. Higher rate taxpayers have a £500 allowance.

The new bond is only available online, from the National Savings and Investments (NS&I) website. Anyone over the age of 16 can apply.

Source: BBC News Business Website



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