Big risk in Japan

RBS issued a one-year income product linked to five Japanese stocks in March 2008, paying 3% interest plus a variable capital repayment. Three of the stocks fell through their barriers, putting capital at risk and making for a capital return of only 39%

The first product we are looking back at is an income product issued by RBS Global Banking and Markets in March 2008, which matured on March 16 this year. It was a one-year product linked to five Japanese stocks, paying 3% interest plus a variable capital repayment linked to the worst-performing stock. If none of the stocks hit 60% of their initial price then the investment would have repayed capital plus 150% gearing in the worst performer. If any stock hit the barrier then the potential upside

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