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Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Classic VCT 3

Thursday, 4th January 2001.

Aim: Growth and income by investing in technology companies and mature unquoted companies including those in AIM and OFEX.

Minimum investment: £5,000.

Opening-closing date: November 2, 2000-January 31, 2001.

Charges: Initial 5 per cent, annual 2 per cent.

Commission: Initial 2.5 per cent, renewal 0.25 per cent.

Tel: 020 7411 4700.



Standard Life – Fixed Rate Bond

Thursday, 4th January 2001.Type: High interest account.Minimum-maximum investment: £1,000-£1,000,000.Interest rate: 6.25 per cent gross a year.Term: Until June 4, 2002.Offer period: Until further notice.Withdrawal penalties: No withdrawals permitted during term.Tel: 0845 6012340. 

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