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Norwich Union – Monthly Fixed Income Plan

Type: Guaranteed equity 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: 0.47% income a month, Isa 5.75% income a year, 31.28% rolled up income at end of term

Closing date: September 15, 2003

Commission: Initial 3%

Tel: 0845 6072439


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