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Octopus Asset Management – Eclipse 3 & 4 VCT

Octopus Asset Management

Eclipse 3 & 4 VCT

Type: Venture capital trust

Aim: Growth and income by investing in unquoted UK companies and those listed on Aim and Ofex

Minimum investment: Lump sum 3,000

Closing date: April 5, 2006

Charges: Initial 5%, annual 2%, performance fee 20%

Commission: Initial 2.25%, renewal 0.375%

Tel: 0800 2792501


Old Mutual lodges formal offer for Skandia

Old Mutual has made a formal offer of 3.3bn to the Skandia board conditional on the latter recommending shareholders accept by 23 September.Old Mutual admits it has so far garnered support from only 17 per cent of Skandia’s shareholders but is confident of getting the majority it needs in the next three weeks.The offer, a […]

Urgent call to lower MVAs

With the resurgence of the markets, it would be reasonable to expect MVAs levied on with-profit bonds to be shrinking rapidly. Alas, this does not seem to be the case and I have seen some MVAs increase this year. Add to this calls from the press for a with-profits bond sales review and encouraging readers […]


I married an alien

Pre-owned asset tax Scottish Equitable International technical manager Margaret Jago warns on spouse-alienation plans

Consumer assassination

I refer to Terence O’Halloran’s letter attacking Dianne Hayter (MM, 18 August). I would be interested to know his reasons for concluding that consumers would be better off without representation by a consumer panel. He mentions the disappearance of defined-benefit pension schemes. How does he think that relates to consumer representation, particularly when most consumer […]

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Guide: how to… audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance

As the Pensions Regulator starts to bare its teeth and the changes mentioned in the Budget and Queen’s Speech start to come into force, it is essential that you understand your scheme and the processes you need to undertake to ensure it remains compliant. Our second re-enrolment guide looks at how to audit the key areas of your auto-enrolment scheme.


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