The retail market for structured notes with principal protection has been growing in recent years. While these products often have reassuring names that include some variant of “principal protection,” “capital guarantee,” “absolute return,” “minimum return” or similar terms, they are not risk-free. Any promise to repay some or all of the money you invest will depend on the creditworthiness of the issuer of the note—meaning you could lose all of your money if the issuer of your note goes bankrupt.
Please see Structured Notes with Principal Protection: Note the Terms of Your Investment for answers to the following quesitons
What Are Structured Notes with Principal Protection?
How Do These Notes Protect My Investment?
How Do Structured Notes with Principal Protection Calculate the Return on My Investment?
Can I Get My Money When I Need It?
Do Structured Notes with Principal Protection Have Fees?
What Other Costs or Tradeoffs Are Involved?
How Are These Products Taxed?
What Questions Should I Ask Before Investing?