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YFM Equity Partners – British Smaller Companies VCT2  Top-Up

YFM Equity Partners – British Smaller Companies VCT2  Top-Up

Type: Venture capital trust

Aim: Income and growth by investing initially in cash, Government bonds or similar fixed interest securities then mainly in established unquoted companies

Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2012

Charges: Initial 5.5%, annual 1.25% to 2% based on the VCT’s net asset value

Special offer:  2.5% of the investment amount in extra shares for existing investors

Offer period: Until December 31, 2011

Commission: Initial 3% or initial 2.25% plus 0.5% renewal for up to eight years



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