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Hundreds of thousands of over-65s who invested in National Savings & Investments pensioner bonds will see their savings rate plummet from Jan 15th. The rate on the one-year 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds will fall from a market-leading 2.8% AER to 1.45% AER. NS&I is writing to around 470,000 bond holders, giving them 30 days’ notice to consider their options. Due to the volume of customers making their decisions at the same time, NS&I will only take maturity instructions online or by post, not over the telephone. The first bonds are due to mature from Jan 15th. If you do nothing, you'll be automatically reinvested for another year into a standard Guaranteed Growth Bond paying 1.45% AER. You have 30 days after the bond matures to move your money elsewhere, otherwise you face a 90-day interest penalty if you want to access your funds. Read the full story.... HERE
Credit card lending has contracted by the biggest monthly amount since 2006, Bank of England figures showed today. Borrowers appear to be finally paying down some of what is owed on plastic - but the figures appear to show a switch to more borrowing on loans. And it also unclear how much of the fall in card borrowing is down to banks merely writing off the money. Separate Bank of England data shows an average £6million has been written off every day this year. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2152127/Credit-card-lending-plummets--banks-writing-debts-worth-millions-month.html#ixzz1wPS9OJxo