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Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Planned Exit VCT 2011

Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Planned Exit VCT 2011

Type: Venture capital trust

Aim: Income and growth by investing through one or a combination of general shares which invest initially in cash deposits and secured loans then in asset-backed unquoted companies, structured shares which invest initially in structured products then in asset-backed unquoted companies and/or low carbon shares which invest initially in cash deposits and secured loans then in unquoted wind and solar companies benefiting from feed-in tariffs

Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2011for 2010/11 tax year, April 28, 2011 for 2011/12 tax year

Charges: Initial 5.5%, annual 1.8%, performance fee 15%

Special offer: Extra 1% of amount invested in extra shares for existing shareholders in Downing VCTs

Offer period: Until January 31, 2011

Commission: Initial 3% or initial 2% plus 0.5% renewal

Tel: 020 7416 7780



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