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CSDI’s First Birthday - 01/12/2021

The FTSE Custom 100 Synthetic 3.5% Fixed Dividend Index (CSDI hereafter) was launched last year, and it has now been one year since the strike date of the first UK retail structured product linked to the performance of this index1.

The CSDI was introduced in reaction to falling FTSE 100 Index dividend yield expectations during the progression of the Coronavirus pandemic; throughout 2020, 53 current or former members of the FTSE 100 Index had cut, deferred, or cancelled over £37 billion of dividend payments2. The forecasted dividend yield for 2020, as quoted in December 2019, was 4.7% but as at December 2020 the actual yield had fallen to 3.2% (AJ Bell).

Falling dividend expectation, coupled with pandemic fuelled uncertainty, resulted in banks erring on the side of the caution by building in a greater margin for error when pricing FTSE 100 linked structured investments. Consequently, the coupons offered on FTSE linked products were substantially lower than pre-pandemic levels, and the CSDI was introduced to offer a solution…

Designed especially for structured products, the CSDI tracks the same 100 shares but unlike the FTSE 100, the CSDI includes the benefit of the dividends paid by the 100 companies (which have historically averaged around 3.5% per annum) and then deducts the equivalent to a fixed 3.5% dividend per annum, on a daily basis. Despite being over 98% correlated to the FTSE 100 Index, the of pricing structured products using the CSDI translates to a greater coupon than an otherwise equivalent FTSE 100 contract as a function of the end investor accepting the risk of dividend variability.

Source: Mariana. The FTSE CSDI was launched on 1 July 2020, and the chart above therefore includes simulated historical performance up until this date.

Since the strike date of the first CSDI linked plan, the Mariana 10:10 Plan November 2020 (6th November 2020), and 8th November 2021, the FTSE 100 Index rose by 23.53% whereas the CSDI rose by 23.24% - a different of just 0.29%.

The following table compares the indicative pricing offered by Morgan Stanley for that first Plan based on both the FTSE 100 Index and the CSDI, highlighting the benefit of the CSDI in achieving an uplift in the return offered.

Coupon offered linked to the FTSE 100 Index Coupon offered linked to the CSDI
Option 1 (step down) 4.65% 7.15%
Option 2 (at-the-money) 5.70% 9.00%
Option 3 (hurdle) 7.12% 11.50%
Source: Mariana, November 2020. Indicative pricing from Morgan Stanley.

All options of the 10:10 November 2020 Plan are currently on track to mature next year, with the CSDI currently well above its November 2020 level. As at 23rd November 2021 option one has an indicative surrender value of £108.8 representing an 8.8% gain, for option two the gain is 12.25% and for option three it is 15.64%.

As we return to a pre-pandemic economic environment, dividend yields on the FTSE 100 Index are improving and whilst they are still below pre-pandemic levels, the forecasts now expect to see them rise above the twenty-year average of 3.5% for 20213. It is our view that the UK retail sector will continue to benefit from the CSDI as an optional underlying, as supported by the table below, which relates to the 10:10 Plan December 2021, as priced by Citigroup.

Coupon offered linked to the FTSE 100 Index Coupon offered linked to the CSDI
Option 1 (step down) 6.00% 7.00%
Option 2 (at-the-money) 7.50% 8.85%
Option 3 (hurdle) 8.80% 10.80%
Source: Mariana, November 2021. Indicative pricing from Citigroup.

There will of course come a point when the coupons under new CSDI contracts are in line with FTSE 100 contracts – though it seems that the FTSE 100 dividend yield will need to be considerably above the 3.5% level before coupons align. This is because banks will understandably, continue to factor in a degree of caution when it comes to their forward dividend expectations. In the meantime, where the actual FTSE 100 dividend yield is above the fixed 3.5% decrement under the CSDI, investors can expect to benefit from not just higher potential coupons but also an index that should slightly outperform the FTSE 100.

For more information on the FTSE CSDI, please see here. A link to the current price of the Index can be accessed via and as long as dividend yields don’t change significantly, the FTSE 100 can be followed as a rough proxy for the CSDI.

Details of the latest Mariana 10:10 Plans, linked to the performance of the FTSE CSDI, 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 Plan. The provider’s charges/fees are built into the terms of the investment - Lowes has a commercial interest in the 10:10 Plan as a result of its involvement in its development and promotion. All Plan returns are stated after allowing for the provider’s charges/fees. Where Lowes is involved in advice on or the intermediation of this investment to retail clients, it will not receive any payment from Mariana for its input.

1. Mariana 10:10 Plan November 2020. Strike date 06/11/2020.

2. AJ Bell, 2020.

2. YouInvest.

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