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Popular One-year Pensioner Bond is Coming to an End

Personal_Finance / Saving Bonds Dec 07, 2015 - 12:55 PM GMT

By: MoneyFacts


January marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds (also known as the Pensioner Bonds), which means that those who invested in the one-year fixed version would be wise to start looking for a new home for their cash.

It’s estimated that over a million older savers snapped up the one and three-year bonds paying 2.80% and 4.00% respectively last year. According to calculations by, savers will have earned £280 in interest before tax if the maximum of £10,000 was invested over the one-year term.

Sadly, Pensioner Bond savers are very unlikely to find another deal that generates similar returns over the same period. For example, if £10,000 was invested in the best one-year bond on the market today (paying 2.15%), savers would only earn £215 in interest before tax over the next 12 months.

As the table below shows, savers will have to be prepared to invest in challenger banks to secure the most competitive rates, but even the highest paying deals leave a lot to be desired. Savers hoping for higher returns will have to invest over longer terms or contemplate peer-to-peer schemes, which are not covered under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Rachel Springall, Finance Expert at, said:

“Savers will no doubt remember the struggle to get their hands on one of the lucrative Pensioner Bonds at the start of this year. The rates offered stood head and shoulders above those paid by other providers, so NS&I were bombarded by millions of eager savers looking to secure a good home for their money. Sadly, these customers will now have to battle to find decent returns elsewhere when their bond expires.

“Interest rates on savings are still poor compared with previous years, but it’s clear that challenger banks are vastly improving the savings environment and have subsequently set up home in the Best Buy charts. For example, currently leading the one-year fixed bond market is Shawbrook Bank, which has a deal paying 2.15%. Disappointingly, high street brands are less enthusiastic. Nationwide Building Society, for instance, pays just 1.50% on its one-year bond, which is less than some of the best easy access deals.

“Preparation is key when coming off a fixed rate deal, so when savers receive their one-month maturity notice from NS&I they should start looking for a new place to invest. January isn’t far off, so bookmarking the best deals and revisiting the Best Buy charts means that savers will be in the best position to secure another year of decent returns. Once they’ve chosen a new account, savers should give NS&I their maturity instructions either online or by post. Phone instructions will not be considered.” - The Money Search Engine is the UK's leading independent provider of personal finance information. For the last 20 years, Moneyfacts' information has been the key driver behind many personal finance decisions, from the Treasury to the high street.

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