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NatWest advice

National Westminster is sending all its final-year student account-holders a free 32-page magazine with information on on how to prepare financially for life after graduation and the search for work. Extra copies are available from NatWest campus branches.

Anti-theft offer

General Accident is extending the range of discounts it offers private car policyholders who fit anti-theft devices. It offers 10 per cent off for approved alarm / immobilisers and 5 per cent for electronic immobilisers.

High-yield trust

Abtrust Fund Managers is launching an investment trust offering an initial annual yield of 7 per cent. It will buy investment trust shares, mostly in split-capital trusts. Call 0800 136734 for more details.

Savings guide

National Savings has produced a guide to all the savings accounts and bonds on offer. It will be available in Post Offices from Monday, along with a redesigned range of leaflets.

Help for bereaved

Chosen Heritage, the pre-paid funeral plan company, is offering a free guide to taxation caused by bereavement. Copies are available by calling Freephone 0800 5255555.

Bed and breakfast

Yorkshire Building Society is offering 'bed and breakfast' share-dealing. Deals of up to pounds 4,800 will cost pounds 9, and deals over that amount pounds 36 plus 0.1 per cent. More details on 0274 736736.

Charges cut

HSBC Unit Trust Management is cutting the front-end charge on its James Capel European Growth Fund to 3 per cent until the end of this month. The usual charge is 5 per cent. More details on 071-955 5050.

Family PEP

Family Assurance, the friendly society, is launching a unit trust PEP, the Family Balanced Trust, with a 2 per cent cut in its normal 5 per cent initial charges for lump sum investors of pounds 4,000 or more.

Existing savers with Family Assurance can also get the 0.5 per cent annual management charge waived. More details on 0800 616695.

Pension advice

Scottish Amicable has produced a free guide explaining the importance of personal pension planning. Copies are available by dialling 100 and asking for Freephone Amicable, or by writing to: Scottish Amicable (RP), Freepost 4554, Glasgow G2 5BR.

Valuation refund

TSB is offering customers who take a mortgage through the bank a refund of up to pounds 100 on property valuations. Buyers will have to take out a TSB insurance product to qualify. The offer comes with a free homebuyers' video guide, available by calling 0345 123900.

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