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Friends Prov International release new offer

Friends Provident International has launched another international savings plan offer which it says gives investors access to better returns for their money. Until 31 December 2003, the life office will increase the standard allocation on many regular contributions. As an example, Friends says an investor contributing £250pm for a 21-year term would receive an extra allocation of 40 per cent in addition to a standard allocation rate of 102.5 per cent, which gives a total allocation of 142.5 per cent.

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