Market Linked CD’s and Structured Notes

Select SEC comments regarding Market-linked Investments:

A Market-linked investment (MLI) is a fixed maturity financial product whose interest is determined by the performance of a reference asset or market measure such as an equity or commodity index over the term of the product…

MLIs have limited liquidity and significant upfront fees…Wells Fargo Advisors principally sold two types of MLIs:  market-linked certificates of deposit and market-linked notes…

Investors in Market-linked CDs were guaranteed to receive a return of their principal at maturity, which typically ranged from two to seven years from issuance, but the potential interest payment paid at maturity was variable and depended on the performance of the underlying reference asset…

While the MLIs contained principal protection, there were risks associated with investing in the products…

 

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Parker Evans, CFA, CFP, CMT is President of Successful Portfolios LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor Firm based in Clearwater, FL. Parker helps individuals, families, and organizations plan and manage custom investment portfolios at leading brokerages including Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and Interactive Brokers.