National Savings goes green

National Savings & Investments has announced details of a new green savings product.

National Savings & Investments has announced details of a new green savings product.

One of the small surprises in March’s Budget was the announcement that National Savings & Investments (NS&I) would be launching “a new, retail savings product to give all United Kingdom savers the chance to support green projects”. No further information was given at the time and little attention shown from the media. In part, that was because NS&I was under a cloud following the administration problems stemming from its action late last year in slashing Income Bond interest rates from 1.15% to just 0.01%.  

More details of the new bond, to be called the Green Savings Bond, have now emerged. NS&I have listed its key features as:

The one key feature that NS&I did not reveal was the one of most interest: what return would the bond offer? NS&I unhelpfully said that this “will be available later in the year”. The rate is likely to be short of market leading. NS&I’s target for money raising in 2021/22 is £6 billion, about a quarter of what it collected in 2020/21, so it is not after massive sales. For investors reinvesting the maturity proceeds of three-year Guaranteed Growth Bonds, NS&I are currently offering a fixed rate of just 0.4%.

NS&I will be late to the green investment scene when the Green Savings Bond eventually arrives. To learn about the extensive range of green investments available today, please talk to us.

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