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A Six-Month Reflection… - 20/04/2022

The first half of 2022 saw the maturity of 433 retail structured products; for context, 529 and 235 plans matured throughout the entirety of 2021 and 2020 respectively. Of the maturing plans between January and June 2022, all but one plan matured successfully achieving a positive return for investors, collectively earning an average annualised return of 6.7% across an average term of 3.13 years.

The one plan returning capital only was Investec EVEN 30 Deposit Growth Plan 56, linked to the performance the Even 30 Index which tracks the thirty least volatile shares quoted on the FTSE 100 Index. The Index was down by 5.04% at the end of the five-year term and consequently no interest payment for Plan 56 was triggered.

We have been consistent in our advocacy of structured products and their benefit to clients as part of a well-diversified portfolio. To illustrate this benefit, we have reflected on the results of the 34 plans that were most commonly held by clients of Lowes that matured in the six-month period – these will be referred to as Lowes ‘Preferred’ plans hereafter.

All 34 plans were capital-at-risk autocall plans linked solely to the performance of the FTSE 100 Index, and each plan kicked out early, at least two years before their final maturity date. The Lowes ‘Preferred’ maturities earned an average annualised return of 8.46% over an average term of 2.71 years – 1.27%pa above the sub-sector average over a similar period.

Maturing between January – June 2022. Data sourced from
Lowes 'Preferred' All FTSE Only Capital-at-Risk Auto-calls
Number of maturing products 34 214
Number returning a positive outcome 34 214
Number returning capital only 0 0
Number returning a loss 0 0
Average total gain 24.08% 19.38%
Average term (years) 2.71 2.55
Average Annualised Return 8.46% 7.19%
Average Annualised Return Upper Quartile 11.12% 9.44%
Average Annualised Return Lower Quartile 6.51% 5.52%

All of the Preferred plans performed well, earning investors’ an average gain of 24.08%, however the three best performing Preferred plans are summarised as below…

10 further issues of the 10:10 Plan were included in the Lowes ‘Preferred’ maturities, with the 12 Plans collectively earning an average annualised return of 9.39% over an average term of 2.75 years.

The latest 10:10 Plan, the September 2022 issue, has been released by Mariana and offers an annual gain of 8.75%, 10.75% and 12.75% per year held for Option 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Full details of the latest 10:10 Plan, including Lowes’ Summary Papers, can be found here.

Structured investments put capital at risk.

Past performance is not a guide to the future.

Disclosure of interests: Lowes has provided input into the concept, development, promotion and distribution of the 10:10. Lowes has a commercial interest in these investments as a result of its involvement. Where Lowes is involved in advice on these investments to retail clients, it will not receive benefit of any fees for its involvement, other than those fees payable by the client to Lowes.
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