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Zurich Financial Services – Guaranteed Account 3

Zurich Financial Services

Guaranteed Account 3

Type: Guaranteed equity bond

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

Minimum-maximum investment:£2,500-£1m, Isa £3,600

Term: Three years

Return: 15% growth at the end of the term provided the index has risen above its initial value

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

Closing date: September 21, 2009, August 21, 2009 for Isa transfers

Commission: Initial 1.5%

Tel: 01793 504 414

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