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Norwich Union – Fixed Income Plan 4

Type: Capital-protected bond

Aim: Income linked to the FTSE 100 index

Minimum-maximum investment: £3,000-no maximum, Isa
£3,000-£7,000

Term: Five years

Guarantee: Original capital returned in full provided the FTSE 100
does not fall by more than 30% and returns to at least its starting
level

Return: 0.44% income a month, 5.65% income a year, 31.28% rolled
up income at end of term

Closing date: February 6, 2004, Pep/Isa transfers January 9, 2004

Commission: Initial 3.25%

Tel: 0845 6072439

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