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Downing VCT provides dual strategy

The Downing protected opportunity VCT 1 provides a dual strategy, allocating around half of its fund to institutional structured products and the other half to lower risk venture capital investments.

The aim is to provide investors with attractive returns, with a level of downside protection, through exposure to two distinct asset classes.

The plan will invest in a portfolio of between 10 and 25 institutional structured products managed by Brewin Dolphin within a VCT tax wrapper. Downing believes that institutional structured products offer potential for attractive returns, particularly in the secondary market.

The target return of 7.15 per cent a year is the equivalent of 10.5 per cent a year gross to a higher-rate taxpayer. There is an early bird offer of 2 per cent extra shares up to February 27, 2009.

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