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Guaranteed Equity Bonds allow savers to potentially benefit from stock market growth without risking their initial deposit. They are more complicated than standard savings products so we would suggest that you only invest once you understand how they work.

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    UK based bank with FSCS protection
    A choice between monthly or annual interest
    Supported by a dedicated UK based customer service team
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    Additional deposits and withdrawals are not permitted within the fixed term
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    Fast and simple online application
    FSCS protection for your deposit
    All deposits used to support the growth of enterpreneurial businesses in the UK
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    Additional deposits, early account closure and withdrawals are not permitted within the fixed term
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    Fast and simple online application
    FSCS protection for your deposit
    All deposits used to support the growth of enterpreneurial businesses in the UK
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    Additional deposits, early account closure and withdrawals are not permitted within the fixed term

    • Provider/Product name Easy Access (Issue 2)

      Paragon Bank

      Easy Access (Issue 2)

    • Interest rate (AER) 1.00% Variable
    • Min/Max opening amount £500 to £150,000
    • Notice / Term Notice Period: none
    • Account type Easy Access Account
    • Access Internet Post Telephone In Branch
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    Online application and access
    A choice between monthly or annual interest
    UK bank with FSCS protection up to £75,000

    • Provider/Product name AA ISA - Easy Access Issue 6

      AA

      AA ISA - Easy Access Issue 6

    • Interest rate (AER) 1.05% Variable Includes Fixed bonus of 0.85% for 12 months
    • Min/Max opening amount £100 to £ no limit
    • Notice / Term Notice Period: none
    • Account type Cash ISA Transfer In
    • Access Internet Post Telephone In Branch
    • Go to site

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    Includes 12 month bonus
    Apply and manage your account online 24/7
    Transfer-in an ISA you hold elsewhere
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    The AA ISA is provided by OneFamily. Money in this AA ISA is deposited with Bank of Ireland UK
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    • Provider/Product name Easy Access Cash ISA

      Paragon Bank

      Easy Access Cash ISA

    • Interest rate (AER) 1.00% Variable
    • Min/Max opening amount £1 to £100,000
    • Notice / Term Notice Period: none
    • Account type Cash ISA Transfer In
    • Access Internet Post Telephone In Branch
    • Sorry, we can't help you to open this account.

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    Transferring existing ISA balances
    A choice between monthly or annual interest
    UK bank with FSCS protection up to £75,000
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    Opening an account with just £1
    Unlimited withdrawals without penalty
    Transferring existing ISA balances
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    Interest is paid annually

Guide to Guaranteed Equity Bonds

What is a guaranteed equity bond?

A guaranteed equity bond is a way for savers to gain exposure to possible gains in the stock market without risking their initial deposit.

A typical bond may be linked to a stock market index such as the FTSE 100 index. If the index rises over the term of the bond, savers will benefit – but not necessarily by the full amount the index has risen.

The bond’s value at maturity is likely to be dependent on a complicated formula, based perhaps on the index’s level at the start, and its average value over the final year of the bond.

On the other hand, if the index the bond is linked to falls in value over the term, savers may simply get back the capital they invested at the start.

What are the advantages?

A guaranteed equity bond can be a way of investing in the stock market without taking the risk that all the original capital could be lost. Some offer total capital protection so even if the market falls you will get your original investment back at the end of the term. Others offer more limited protection so this is worth checking when comparing products.

When interest rates on normal savings accounts are low, guaranteed equity bonds can appear more attractive as their potential returns are higher.

What are the disadvantages?

Guaranteed equity bonds are usually very complicated, and the formulas used to work out gains can be hard to understand and compare.

The capital protection comes at a price, so savers will not get the full benefit of any increase in the underlying index.

Savers are unlikely to benefit from dividends paid to normal shareholders, although this is also the case for those who invest in a fund which simply tracks a certain index.

And even if all the original capital is guaranteed, its value may have been eroded by inflation.

Who do they suit?

Guaranteed equity bonds can be a way of investing in stock markets with less risk. But these products can be very complicated, and you should only put money in if you understand clearly how any gains are calculated and what losses you could face.

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