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Bristol & West builds up bond offerings

Bristol & West is launching a range of guaranteed equity bonds which it says are suited to investors wanting to diversify large amounts of their portfolios into protected investments.

It claims the bonds are the most comprehensive range ever put together, offering growth, income or tax-free savings with the guarantee of a 100 per cent return of the initial investment at the end of the term.

The firm says the global equity bond is central to the range. The bond is linked to four stockmarket indices – the FTSE 100, Swiss SMI, S&P500 and the Nikkei 225 – for up to seven years and offers up to 90 per cent of the average growth of the indices with no cap on performance potential.

The range also includes an income and growth guaranteed equity bond which is split between the global bond and a seven-year fixed-rate bond paying monthly income at 5.37 per cent gross a year.

B&W is also offering a regular savings bond with a minimum of £20 a month invested in a five-year global bond and what it calls a “guarantee the gain” option which allows investors to lock in a gain when it reaches 50 per cent.

Manager Andy Jones says: “Since we developed the guaranteed equity bond concept in 1992, they have become immensely popular and are now offered by many financial providers.

“At a time when investors are suffering from falling markets and from financial scandals like the splits&#39 debacle, it is reassuring to know that guaranteed equity bonds offer safety and transparency.

“This range offers a product for every investor and they all come with 100 per cent guarantees.”

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