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Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Protected VCT IV and V

Downing Corporate Finance

Downing Protected VCT IV and V

Type: Venture capital trusts

Aim: Growth by investing in asset-backed unquoted companies

Minimum investment: Lump sum 5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2005

Charges: Initial 5.5%, annual 1%

Special offer: 1% of amount invested in extra shares

Offer period: Until January 31, 2006

Commission: Initial 3.5% until January 31, 2006, thereafter initial 2.5%

Tel: 0220 7411 4700


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