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Record Money: Case StudySURVEYOR Alasdair Robertson, right, wanted a good return on his savings - and security for his cash. So the 60-year-old father-of-two grown-up sons, from Edinburgh, chose a National Savings & Investments Direct ISA (Individual Savings Account). Alasdair says: "I've had a National Savings ISA for two years. I'm hoping to retire next year, so I don't want to take any risks with my money. I wanted a near-enough rock-solid guaranteed income. National Savings were offering just about the best return and are Government-backed." Alasdair was also attracted by the fact that ISA interest grows tax-free. He says: "You should take full advantage of any chance you get not to pay tax on savings.
Record Money: 1.1million CustomersBRITAIN'S biggest savings provider has announced plans to reduce the carbon generated by one of its online savings accounts. Halifax said it would carbon-label its web saver account - held by 1.1million customers - by the end of this year. A logo will be added to the account online and in customer literature showing how much carbon the account produces, including both the initial application process as well as customer transactions. The group said it believed it was the first financial services institution in Europe to carbon-label savings products. It is working with the Carbon Trust to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the web saver.
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