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Telephone offer

Alliance & Leicester is giving away 15,000 cordless phones worth pounds 75 or mobile phones priced at pounds 250 and linked to the Vodaphone system, to customers opening one of its new current accounts, which offer 24-hour telephone banking, before 7 October. At least one pounds 300 salary cheque must be paid into the account.

Executing PEPs

British Taxpayers, a firm of financial consultants, is launching an execution-only service for investors in unit trusts and PEPs. It will cost 1 per cent commission instead of the usual 3 per cent, with the balance used to enhance the investment. Call 071-491 1468 for details.

Emerging advice

The Unit Trust Information Service has launched a factsheet: Emerging Markets: Too Tempting to Resist or Too Hot to Handle? Copies available by calling 081-207 1361.

C&G helpdesk

Cheltenham & Gloucester is extending its telephone answering service to incorporate a helpdesk dealing with inquiries over its proposed takeover by Lloyds Bank. The service will operate on 0345 889900 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

Travel policy

Accident & General has launched an insurance policy for those spending up to two years abroad. TravelGuard Long Stay covers medical expenses, loss of baggage, documents and personal liability. Details on 071-512 0022.

Help for elderly

Age Concern is publishing a leaflet for older people to set down details of their affairs, including financial arrangements, before they die. Copies are available by sending an SAE to the Publications Unit, Age Concern England, Astral House, 1268 London Road, London SW16 4ER.

GA bond

GA Life has launched a five- year Guaranteed Capital Bond that offers a minimum 30 per cent return on investments, plus any gains in the FT-SE 100 share index over that period. Details on 0500 100200.

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