My retirement investing strategy asset allocation currently consists of 18% worth of National Savings and Investments (NS&I) Index Linked Savings Certificates. I have been buying these for quite a few years now and on average they are now providing me with an average headline return of 1.01% plus the Retail Prices Index. The big advantage they bring to me though as a 40% tax payer is that they are tax free.
I would like to buy more Certificates however you can only invest a maximum of £15,000 into each Issue which is currently Issue 19 for a 3 year and Issue 46 for a 5 year. These current issues are currently offering Index Linking plus 1% tax free which is pretty close to my average.
I think these are now really starting to provide me with some advantages and I would like to buy some more 3 years if they became available. Let me demonstrate with an example.
Let’s say that on the 22 January 2009 I purchased £15,000 worth of 3 year Index Linked Savings Certificates. Using the calculator on the National Savings and Investments (NS&I) website reveals that if I sold those certificates today they would be worth £15,279 which is a 1 year return of 1.9% tax free. However as a 40% higher rate tax payer the fact that they are tax free means that I would have had to earn a 1 year return of 3.1% in a taxed bank account for it to be equivalent.
If however I had bought on the 22 January 2008 then today they would be worth £15,985.50. Again, selling today would be a total tax free return for the 2 years of 6.6% or after factoring the tax free status a taxed bank account would have had to have provided a 2 year total return of 11%.
Finally, if I had bought on the 22 January 2007 then today they would be worth £16,830. Again, selling today would be a total return for the 3 years of 12.2% or after factoring the tax free status in a taxed bank account would have had to have provided a 3 year total return of 20.3%. That’s a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.9%. A taxed bank account for a 40% tax payer like me would have had to provide a CAGR of 6.4%.
I’m happy with that for “100% security for your money” as detailed on the NS&I home page.
Please note that this is a very simplistic example and there are a number of terms and conditions for these investments that I made myself aware of before I invested.
As always DYOR.