Inundated NS&I drops savings rates
by Gill Montia
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National Savings & Investments (NS&I), the government-backed saving provider that benefits from a 100% guarantee on deposits, has cut some interest rates by up to 0.2%.
The body has been inundated by savers looking for a safe place to keep their money as turmoil sweeps through the global financial sector and governments nationalise banks.
According to a NS&I spokesman, the action has been taken to maintain a consistent level of market share.
The move will affect the UK’s Premium Bond fund, reducing the size of the pot, but will not change the two £1 million jackpot prizes awarded each month.
Meanwhile, government-owned Northern Rock, which also sports a 100% guarantee on deposits, withdrew a number of its savings products at the end of last week, again in response to a rising market share, which in the case of the nationalised bank is capped at 1.5%.
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