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Barclays launches offshore guaranteed bond

Barclays Bank is launching a guaranteed stockmarket bond aimed at non-UK residents.

The Guaranteed Stock Market Bond (issue three) guarantees to return 100 per cent of the initial investment plus 60 per cent of any stockmarket growth in the Eurotop 100 Index after three and a half years.

The bond is denominated in either US dollars or in sterling.

The bond is available through Barclays&#39 four international service centres in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Knightsbridge London.

The Eurotop 100 stockmarket index is made up of Europe&#39s top 100 corporate companies.


Davies rubbishes endowment critics

FSA chairman Howard Davies has rubbished recent criticism of endowment mortgages and &#34absolutely&#34 ruled out banning them.There have been calls MPs and sections of the press for endowment mortgages to be scrapped because they are high risk investments, which can underperform and fail to pay off loan capital. But Davies, in an interview with Money […]

Alliance & Leicester launches Step-Up Bond

Alliance & Leicester is launching a bond that pays an increasing fixed rate of interest each year for three years.The Step-Up Bond will pay 5 per cent gross in year one, 6 per cent gross in year two and 7 per cent gross in the final year.The minimum investment is £1,000.Interest is available on a […]

Correspondent&#39s Week

As a man who has sat next to a pathologically patriotic Scotsman for thepast 10 months at work, I have had much to endure.Apparently, Scotland, now with its own Parliament, is “Europe&#39s premierrugby side” and was “the dark horse for the Cricket World Cup”.As an Englishman and lover of all things sporting, these constant digs […]

Neville James appoints investment director

Traded endowment policy specialists Neville James have appointed Peter Mason as investment director and actuary.Mason joins the Tep market maker from Guardian Royal Exchange where he held several senior positions including directorships.Mason is also a non-executive director of the Countrywide Assured Group.In his new role he will be responsible for all aspects of investment management […]


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