Principality’s Protected Capital Account pays interest based on changes in the Retail Prices Index (RPI – an index used by government to measure of inflation) plus an annual enhancement of 0.20%, over its five year investment term.
Principality Building Society has on 30 March 2011 launched its Protected Capital Account, which is managed by Credit Suisse. The Account gives savers an opportunity to protect the value of their savings from being eroded by inflation.
During the Account’s 5 year investment term, interest is calculated on an annual basis, using the percentage change in RPI (negative or positive) over that time. This will be enhanced by an additional 0.2% each year, so that savers can be sure that they are keeping pace with inflation each year.
Following maturity of the Account on 29 June 2016, savers will receive their full initial investment back.
The Protected Capital Account allows a minimum deposit of £3,000 and a maximum of £85,000. If savers haven’t yet used their 2010/11 Cash ISA allowance, they can use it to invest in the Account, provided they invest before 5th April. They can also invest their 2011/12 allowance and get the benefit of protecting their savings in a tax – free wrapper. ISA transfers are also permitted, up to the maximum ISA holding that a customer has.
Savers whose funds clear before 5 April 2011(11th April 2011 for deposits using the 2011/2012 ISA allowance) and hold the Account until the end of its term will also be awarded with an additional bonus of 0.50%.
Paul Straiton, Principality’s Product Manager, said: “We understand that some savers are concerned that the level of inflation is eroding the value of their savings, particularly as RPI has recently hit a 20 year high. For the first time we are delighted to offer savers an inflation beating home for their cash.
“We believe our Protected Capital Account can help savers outpace inflation and increase the purchasing power of their savings. If savers invest using their cash ISA allowance they can also protect their returns from income tax and capital gains tax, giving extra benefit to all tax payers but particularly to higher rate tax payers.”
Savers are urged to act quickly to take advantage of this Account as it may be withdrawn at any time and without prior notice.
Notes to Editors
Protected Capital Account
Base Index: All Items Retail Prices Index (RPI)
Investment Term: 5 years
Capital protection: Investors initial capital will be returned in full at the Plan Maturity Date
Available for: Direct Deposits
Cash ISA Transfers
Gross Annual Return:
Annual Period 1: RPI % published for April 2012 by the Office for National Statistics plus 0.20%
Annual Period 2: RPI % published for April 2013 by the Office for National Statistics plus 0.20%
Annual Period 3: RPI % published for April 2014 by the Office for National Statistics plus 0.20%
Annual Period 4: RPI % published for April 2015 by the Office for National Statistics plus 0.20%
Annual Period 5: RPI % published for April 2016 by the Office for National Statistics plus 0.20%
If during any of the Annual Periods the percentage change in RPI plus the additional 0.20% enhancement is zero or less, savers will not receive a return for that Period but they will not suffer any loss of their capital.
Return will be paid out following the last day of each annual period:
Annual Period 1: 29 June 2011 – 29 June 2012
Annual Period 2: 29 June 2012 – 29 June 2013
Annual Period 3: 29 June 2013 – 29 June 2014
Annual Period 4: 29 June 2014 – 29 June 2015
Annual Period 5: 29 June 2015 – 29 June 2016
Early Investment Bonus: An additional 0.5% Bonus on the initial investment will be paid following the Plan Maturity date for cleared funds received by the Account Manager by 5 April 2011 (11 April 2011 for 2011/2012 Cash ISA investments).
Account Manager: Credit Suisse
Distributor and Deposit-Taker: Principality Building Society