Product performance

In review this month are a five-year principal-protected product linked to the FTSE 100, a five-year accelerated growth product linked to the iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund and a one-year reverse convertible linked to Ford Motor.

The principal-protected product has 87% gearing linked to the FTSE 100. Looking at the graph, from the end of the April the price of the product mimics and is higher than the spot of the underlying. Considering the structure of a typical principal-protected product, the price should reflect the spot in most circumstances. However, the price of the structure is sensitive to the prevailing interest rate and volatility levels.

For the period up to the end of April, rates increased and volatility

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