DEFINING STRUCTURED INVESTMENTS
Structured investments are financial instruments that enable investors to pursue a specific objective or express a market view. They combine a debt security, such as a bond or a certificate of deposit, with one or more derivative instruments linked to an underlier, or reference asset, such as an index, ETF, or stock. Structured investments are primarily used to manage risk or increase income or return potential in a portfolio.
CHOOSING AN INVESTMENT
The power of structured investments is in the flexibility of their design, offering solutions across the risk- return spectrum. With an objective in mind, an investment can be shaped to meet specific investor needs.
Structured investments enable investors to participate in the potential growth of an underlying index or asset. Market-linked growth products typically offer a single payment at maturity, while market-linked income products offer potential periodic coupons.
Structured investments may offer full protection of principal, or partial protection in exchange for higher potential returns.
Structured investments have investment terms starting at six months, but generally range from one to five years. Terms can be fixed or callable, with the possibility of early redemption.
Structured investment returns are linked to the performance of a reference asset, allowing investors to gain exposure to a specific index, sector, or asset class, while mitigating downside risk.
HYPOTHETICAL STRUCTURED INVESTMENT TRADE
Objective: An investor seeks the potential growth and diversification that may come with international equity exposure. She is optimistic about emerging markets specifically and comfortable with equity risk. However, she would appreciate some downside protection should those markets experience a slight to moderate decline.
Potential Solution: A four-year market-linked growth note with 20% barrier protection and 1.5x upside participation tied to the MSCI EM Index.
The visuals included are hypothetical examples. They do not reflect any specific structured investment, and are solely intended to help illustrate how different payment and protection methods work.
KEY RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Key risk considerations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
STRUCTURED INVESTMENTS ARE CONSIDERED COMPLEX PRODUCTS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL INVESTORS.
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