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Merchant Capital – Deposit Plan: FTSE Bull & Bear issue 1

Merchant Capital – Deposit Plan: FTSE Bull & Bear issue 1

Type: Structured deposit

Aim: Growth linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 index

Minimum – maximum investment: £5,000-£2m

Term: Five years and three weeks

Return: 100% of the growth or fall in the index capped at 40% of the original investment

Protection: Original capital returned in full at end of term regardless of index performance

Closing date: February 22, 2012

Commission: Initial 3%

Tel: 020 7332 2200



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