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Free switches into SG tech fund

SG Asset Management is offering investors free switches into its SocGen technology fund to mark the fund&#39s fifth anniversary on May 22. The offer, which comes as SG predicts further rationalisation in the tech sector, applies both to direct investments and Isa/Pep transfers. Following the discount period, the initial charge reverts back to 5.25 per cent with an annual charge of 1.75 per cent.

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