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Particularly valuable: The Bank Austria "KünstlerSparbuch" passbook

  • As from 4 October 2010, the "KünstlerSparbuch” passbook created this year will offer a fixed interest rate of 2.00 % p.a. for a term of 24 months.
  • Modern art, classic value: The Bank Austria "KünstlerSparbuch 2010” passbook, designed by Valie Export, once again offers savers a number of additional benefits

With the "KünstlerSparbuch 2010" passbook, savers can obtain a good return on their savings, enjoy art and culture, and at the same time help others. The attractive fixed interest rate of this year's "KünstlerSparbuch” passbook, at 2.00 % p.a. for a term of 24 months, is impressive.

The "KünstlerSparbuch" will this year again inspire passbook owners to "save the beautiful way” on the occasion of World Savings Day. "Saving with a passbook is the Austrians' favourite savings method – especially in times of economic uncertainty”, says Rainer Hauser, Bank Austria's member of the Management Board with responsibility for private customers and SME's. "This year the "KünstlerSparbuch” passbook is designed by Valie Export, one of the most renowned artists, and we are increasing the value of the passbook with an attractive interest rate. In addition, we support the winner of our "Best Start 2010” Sponsorship Award with every "KünstlerSparbuch” passbook.

For each newly opened "KünstlerSparbuch 2010” savings account, Bank Austria transfers 50 cents to "Pilgrim on Tour”, the winning project of the Bank Austria "Best Start 2010” Sponsorship Award. The "Pilgrim on Tour” project, launched in Wiener Neustadt in 2007, entails accompanying persons with disabilities to events and on leisure and/or business trips. With this sponsorship award, Bank Austria, which has for many years been committed to helping disadvantaged people, especially children and young people, has trodden a new path of social commitment and more than before it has sought direct dialogue with those in need. At the same time, the committed public was also invited to participate through Internet voting, which ended on 31 August 2010. "Pilgrim on Tour” was elected the winning project with about 52 per cent of the votes.

Anyone opening a "KünstlerSparbuch” savings account moreover receives, upon request, a 35 per cent discount on two tickets for the musical "Dance of the Vampires” at selected performances at Vienna's Ronacher Theatre in the first half of 2011. The tickets can be bought at any Bank Austria branch when a "KünstlerSparbuch” savings account is opened.

The "KünstlerSparbuch 2010” passbook designed by Valie Export is only available as a limited edition in the period 4 October to 5 November 2010. With a single deposit of EUR 500 or more it offers an attractive fixed interest rate of 2 % p.a. with a term of 24 months. As numbers are limited, customers should act quickly to secure their artistic passbook in their branch. Customers can obtain further details on the "KünstlerSparbuch 2010” savings account from their Bank Austria relationship manager.

Bank Austria's "KünstlerSparbuch” has been linking art with income in this creative manner since 1994: this special passbook is designed by a different Austrian artist every year. Previous artists who have designed these coveted passbooks have been Christian Ludwig Attersee, Hans Staudacher, Max Weiler, Arnulf Rainer, Josef Mikl, Adolf Frohner, Helmut Margreiter, Hermann Nitsch, Bruno Gironcoli, Alfred Hrdlicka, Günter Damisch, Maria Lassnig, Oswald Oberhuber, Heinrich Reisenbauer (a Gugging artist) and Herbert Brandl.

A reproducible photo is available here for download. The photo can be printed free of charge.

Inquiries: Bank Austria Media Relations Austria
 Matthias Raftl, tel. +43 (0) 50505 - 52809
  e-mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at

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