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Shore Capital – Puma VCT VII

Shore Capital – Puma VCT VII

Type: Venture capital trust

Aim: Income and growth by investing initially in corporate bonds, corporate bond funds, hedge funds, funds of hedge funds and absolute return products, then in small unquoted UK companies, including those on Aim and Plus markets

Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2011

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

Commission: Initial 3%, or initial 2.25% plus renewal 0.35% for five years

Tel: 020 7408 4050



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