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NSI & ISAs

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    AvatarSam
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    So I have two NSI – National Savings and Investment – ISAs one in my wife’s name and one in mine. My understanding is that they’re backed by The Treasury, so if there was a financial crash I wouldn’t lose any of the money.

    On the other hand I have two ISAs with the bank – if I move the cash from the NSI ISAs because it’s a better rate would I have the same guarantee?

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    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
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    Hi Sam,

    It all depends on how much you have in your ISAs and where you want to move them to. Your savings are each protected up to £85,000 per banking group – your wife and you each get that allowance, so it’s not split between married couples.

    We’ve just published this article, which explains who owns which banks: https://www.moneymagpie.com/manage-your-money/who-owns-who-protecting-your-money-under-fscs-rules

    As long as you spread any money over £85k (each) across different groups, you’re protected if your bank goes bust. It’s the same for the NS&I ISAs, too – anything over that amount isn’t protected, although the risk of that bank going bust is negligible because, as you say, it’s the only state-backed bank with Treasury support.

    Hope that helps!

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