NS&I reduces interest rate on Direct ISA

  • Change will ensure NS&I continues to balance interests of its savers, taxpayers and the stability of the broader financial services sector

NS&I today announced that it is reducing the interest rate on its Direct ISA by 0.25% to 1.25% tax-free/AER. This change will come into effect from 16 November 2015. NS&I will be notifying customers affected by the interest rate reduction at least sixty days in advance of it taking place.

NS&I sets its interest rates to balance the interests of its savers, taxpayers and the stability of the broader financial services sector. It has taken the decision to reduce the interest rate on Direct ISA following its regular review of the savings market, which includes the interest rates payable on products comparable to Direct ISA.

Jane Platt, NS&I Chief Executive, said: “Interest rates in the easy access ISA market have been in decline over the year and our Direct ISA rate has stood out at the top of the best buy tables for some time. To ensure that we continue to strike a balance between the needs of our savers, taxpayers and the stability of the broader financial services sector, we have taken the difficult decision to reduce the rate on our Direct ISA. However customers continue to benefit from a competitive rate, and 100% security on all their deposits”

New variable rate Rate p.a. (change in brackets)                AER1
Direct ISA 1.25% (-0.25%) tax-free 1.25%

1AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and enables the comparison of interest rates from different financial institutions and across different products on a like-for-like basis. It shows what the notional annual rate would be if interest was compounded each time it was credited or paid out. Where interest is credited once a year the rate quoted and the AER will be the same.

Notes to Editors

  1. NS&I is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK, offering a range of savings and investments to over 25 million customers. All products offer 100% capital security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.
  2. Tax-free means that interest is exempt from UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
  3. AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and enables the comparison of interest rates from different financial institutions and across different products on a like-for-like basis. It shows what the notional annual rate would be if interest was compounded each time it was credited or paid out. Where interest is credited once a year the rate quoted and the AER will be the same.
  4. Information on Direct ISA.
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