Trade of the month: leveraged return notes

There are two principle types of leveraged return note in the US. One has a capped upside with higher participation; the other is uncapped but has lower participation. Once very popular, they are giving way to autocallables


Leveraged return notes - also known as super trackers or accelerated return products - were once very popular in the US, although they have been eclipsed in recent years by autocalls. The idea behind a leveraged return note is to provide returns that may beat the underlying asset while providing some capital protection. The typical structure has a maturity of one year or longer. On the upside, the product will generally have a participation rate in excess of 100%, possibly with the inclusion of

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