Forbes: Guaranteed to Go Up
Guaranteed to Go Up
Forbes published an article examining structured products sold to retail investors around the world. It describes how a structured product works, the payoffs and risks, using an example of the principal protected note. It then explains how the principal protected note is equivalent to and can be replicated by a combination of traditional securities and derivatives.
A principal protected note returns at least the face value of the note at maturity. If the reference...
FINRA Investor Alert: Variable Annuities
Should You Exchange Your Variable Annuity?
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published an Investor Alert on how to determine if investors should exchange their variable annuity for another model. An annuity makes periodic payments to the holder of the annuity. There are fixed annuities that make fixed payments and variable annuities that make variable payments.
While equity-indexed annuities have become increasingly popular, some have questioned their value and...