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Enables’ IFA’s in Bishop’s Stortford know that savers are still having trouble working out how to get any kind of return on near cash holdings. But maybe you could do worse than premium bonds. The January Premium bonds draw made history this year as for the first time there were two £1m Premium Bond jackpots won in the same city and the prize went to one man and one woman.

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National Savings & Investments, which operates Premium Bonds, confirmed that are also the first residents of Leicester to become Premium Bond millionaires. NS&I said it had not even had winners from the same county before, let alone the same city or town. Nationwide there are around 900,000 unclaimed prizes says NS&I with a total value of over £40m, including dozens of £10,000 plus prizes so if you haven’t checked your bonds recently maybe you should.

Harold Maxmillan launched premium bonds in the 1956 budget they are a Government-backed savings institution, there is no guaranteed return and the bond’s value does not go up with inflation, so you effectively buy into a lottery with a prize draw held every month.

But money invested in the bonds is 100pc protected by the Government, to a maximum investment of £50,000.  They advertise a “rate” of 1.35pc, which is what an individual with “average” luck can expect to receive in prizes over the course of a year. The odds of winning for each £1 bond number are 26,000 to one, and any prizes are exempt from both UK income tax and capital gains tax.

Some current accounts, Isas, fixed rate bonds and other products offer comparable rates at the moment but if you have cash to spare Enables’ IFAs can help you work out how to spread it around.

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Source: The Telegraph

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