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Optimiser irons out emerging volatility

Barclays Wealth is to widen its protected investments with the launch of an emerging markets product.

The emerging markets optimiser is a five-year plan that will open on February 4 and will be linked to the iShares emerging markets index fund, an exchange traded vehicle managed by BGI.

Around 45 per cent of the ishare focuses on Bric economies but markets such as South Korea, Mexico and Israel are also included.

The product will have a daily participation rate in the performance of the fund, so when volatility is high the participation rate can fall as low as zero while if volatility is low participation can rise to 200 per cent.

Initial capital will be 100 per cent protected regardless of performance.

The optimiser offer period closes on April 4. Minimum investment is £5,000 and commission is 3 per cent.

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