The five-year plan is designed for sophisticated investors with an appetite for risk. It has an early maturity feature that will be triggered if the index is at or above its initial value at the end of any plan anniversary. Investors will receive growth of 8.25, 16.5, 24.75, 33 or 41.25 per cent at the end of years one to five respectively. They will also get their original capital back.
Where the index is never at or above its initial value, investors will get no growth payment, but will get a full capital return provided the index does not fall by 50 per cent or more during the investment term. If it does, investors will still get their original capital back if it recovers to at least its initial value by the end of the term. Where the index breaches the 50 per cent protection barrier and does not recover, investors will lose 1 per cent of their capital for every 1 per cent fall in the index.
Jubilee says that the product literature takes into account all the concerns voiced by the FSA regarding the transparency of structured products.
However, one potential drawback is that the returns are treated as income and are subject to income tax, even though no income is paid from the plan. This means investors cannot use their annual capital gains tax allowance. Due the £15,000 minimum investment, which is higher than the maximum for new Isa investments, tax-free returns are only possible through Isa transfers.