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Royal London – Sterling Extra Yield Bond Fund

Type: Ucits

Aim: Income by investing in a portfolio of fixed-interest securities

Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000

Place of registration: Dublin

Investment split: 100% in a portfolio of fixed interest securities

Charges: Initial 4%, annual 1.25%

Commission: Initial 3%

Tel: 08456 040404

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