Contract extension will build on digital capability and continue to deliver value for money for taxpayers. NS&I has today (4 April 2019) confirmed that it is exercising the option to extend its operational services contract with Atos by an additional three years, following the end of the principal contract period from 2014-2021. The contract extension was signed on 28 March 2019 and means that the relationship between NS&I and Atos will continue until 2024.
NS&I to release new issues of Guaranteed Growth Bonds and Guaranteed Income Bonds from 1 May 2019 with revised terms and conditions
From 1 May 2019, new issues of 1 year and 3 year Guaranteed Growth Bonds and Guaranteed Income Bonds will be on sale with a revised customer agreement (terms and conditions). The current interest rates, and the holding limit of £10,000 for both Guaranteed Growth Bonds and Guaranteed Income Bonds, will be unchanged. 1-year Guaranteed Growth Bond will continue to pay an interest rate of 1.50% gross/AER, while the 3-year Bond will continue to pay 1.95% gross/AER.
NS&I has today published its unaudited quarterly results for the third quarter (October to December 2018) of the financial year 2018-19. NS&I delivered £3.3 billion of Net Financing in Q3 2018-19, giving a year-to-date total of £8.9 billion.
NS&I research has shown the enduring influence of our parents on building long term savings habits and the financial as well as emotional bonds between the generations. 50% of Britons had a savings account opened for them by their parent or guardian when they were a child, with just over half of over 16s (51%) saving regularly as a child, either by themselves or parents investing on their behalf and almost two thirds of over 16s (62%) saving regularly into adulthood.
NS&I has announced that it is increasing interest rates on both its Junior ISA and Direct ISA. Interest rates paid on Junior ISA will be increasing by 75 basis points from 2.50% AER to 3.25% AER. In addition, the interest rate paid on Direct ISA will be increasing by 15 basis points from 0.75% AER to 0.90% AER.
Premium Bonds take a quantum leap as new random number generator, ERNIE 5, picks two new jackpot winners for March
ERNIE has regenerated for the first time in 15 years, and is using quantum technology to generate random numbers. NS&I has also become one of the UK's first financial organisations to create an Alexa Skill, giving Premium Bonds customers another way to check their prizes.