What is a structured note?

 

What are the key risks and considerations?

Structured notes are innovative financial products that are designed to provide exposure to an underlying asset or asset class while meeting certain risk and reward objectives.

 

Principal protection or principal risk?

Structured notes can vary from 100% principle protection to partial principal protection to full principle at risk.

 

What are some underlying assets?

  • Equity Indices
  • ETFs
  • Commodities or Commody Indices
  • Single Stock or Basket of Stocks
  • Fixed Income/Credit
  • Interest Rates
  • Foreign Exchange Rates

 

What are the main benefits?

CAPITAL PROTECTION: notes can be structured to return all or part of your principal investment if held until maturity or provide a pre-determined level of downside protection.

ENHANCED GROWTH: notes can be structured to increase the return potential and exposure to an underlying investment.

INCREASED CASH FLOW: notes can be structured to pay fixed or variable cash flows to meet client income needs.

ACCESSIBILITY: notes can be structured to gain exposure to multiple markets and combined asset classes using one single product.

 

CREDIT RISK: the risk that the issuer of the note will fail to meet its obligations to pay coupons and/or repay principal at maturity.

PRINCIPAL RISK: the risk that if sold prior to maturity, the investor may receive less than the original principal invested.

LIQUIDITY RISK: the risk that there may not be an active secondary market, although most issuers will provide daily liquidity.

TERM RISK: notes may be called at the option of the issuer leaving the investor to reinvest in a lower rate environment.

PRICING: the market value (or NAV) of a note may not reflect the percentage change in the underlying reference asset.

Factors affecting the market value aside from the underlying asset may include time value, volatility, fluctuation in interest rates, and other factors.

SUITABILITY: structured notes are not suitable for investors who do not understand the associated market, tax treatment, liquidity and other related risk.