Index-linked Savings Certificates

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Index-linked Savings Certificates are inflation linked bonds from National Savings and Investments, the state-owned savings bank in the United Kingdom. The bond terms are typically 2,3 or 5 years. The returns are linked to the RPI (not CPI) with an escalating premium on top. The escalation encourages bonds to be held to term with higher return over inflation in the later years.

Bonds can be cashed in at any time. Bonds cashed in the first year sacrifice their increases to date and return only the initial deposit. Bonds cashed in beyond the first year yield the RPI indexing and premiums up to that month.

Index-linked Savings Certificates are free from UK income tax making them relatively attractive to tax-payers, particularly higher rate tax-payers. They are backed by the Treasury of the UK Government so are considered to be safe deposits.

The bonds come in issues. Each issue has a per person investment limit, currently 15000 pounds.

The certificates used to be known as "Granny Bonds" because they were originally only available to savers who were over the retirement age.

3 Year Issues
Date Issue Return
19 July 2010 withdrawn N/A
7 April 2010 20th Issue RPI + 1.00%
29 April 2009 19th Issue RPI + 1.00%
18 June 2008 18th Issue RPI + 1.00%
21 May 2008 17th Issue RPI + 0.70%
2 April 2008 16th Issue RPI + 0.25%
25 April 2007 15th Issue RPI + 1.35%
26 October 2006 14th Issue RPI + 1.15%
20 May 2006 13th Issue RPI + 1.05%
13 April 2006 12th Issue RPI + 0.90%


5 Year Issues
Date Issue Return
7 September 2011 withdrawn N/A
12 May 2011 48th Issue RPI + 0.50%
19 July 2010 withdrawn N/A
7 April 2010 47th Issue RPI + 1.00%
29 April 2009 46th Issue RPI + 1.00%
18 June 2008 45th Issue RPI + 1.00%
21 May 2008 44th Issue RPI + 0.70%
2 April 2008 43rd Issue RPI + 0.35%
25 April 2007 42nd Issue RPI + 1.35%
20 May 2006 41st Issue RPI + 1.15%
13 April 2006 40th Issue RPI + 0.95%


2 Year Issues
Date Issue Return
13 April 2006  ?th Issue RPI + 0.85%


On 19 July 2010, due to high investment levels the certificates were withdrawn from general sale in order to keep investments within the financing target set by HM Treasury.[1] After re-introduction this happened again on 7 September 2011.[2]

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