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National Savings has announced a series of new issues to its savings certificates and rate changes to its lump sum bonds

The issues and changes are rates of between 0.10 and 0.45 per cent and are available from today December 5.

Existing holders of Savings Certificates and other fixed rate bonds aren&#39t affected by the changes.

National Savings chief executive Peter Bareau says “At times of market uncertainty, our research shows that savers and investors place value on the secure, no-fee, core part of their portfolio represented by National savings.”


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