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Merchant launches emerging markets growth plan


Merchant Capital has launched The Merchant Capital Growth Plan: Emerging Markets, offering 1.3 times the growth of the Standard & Poor’s BRIC 40 at maturity.  

If the Standard & Poor’s BRIC 40 Index rises, the plan offers 1.3 x the performance in the index with index growth capped at 50 per cent. This gives a maximum return of 65 per cent at maturity.
The return of capital at the end of the term is dependent on the performance of the index and is not guaranteed.
If the final level of the index is more than 40 per cent below its initial level, there will be some or full loss of capital.
The plan is available as a direct investment, stock and shares Isa for tax year 2010/11 and for Isa transfers.
It is eligible for individuals, companies, pension funds, trusts and charities.
The minimum investment is GBP5,000 up to a maximum of GBP2m.
John Gracey, director of structured products at Merchant Capital, says: “Merchant Capital’s aim is to be the largest independent structured product provider in the UK retail market and a provider of innovative but straightforward structured products offering investors a real alternative to other plans in the market.
“Our latest product is a new competitive growth plan, backed by a well known UK bank. It offers exposure to the well-established Standard & Poor’s BRIC 40 which consists of the largest and most liquid stocks from the markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China. It offers 1.3 times the growth in this index, with index growth capped at 50 per cent giving a maximum potential return of 65 per cent. While there is considerable doubt as to the prospects for the more mature markets of US and Europe, there is a consensus that the prospects for growth in the emerging markets are stronger and more certain.
”Investors will receive the full return of their capital so long as the underlying index is not more than 40 per cent below its initial level on maturity. This protection level is only measured on the pan’s final level date.”

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