Barclays Wealth will reissue its Emerging Markets Optimiser as investors increasingly look for protected growth amid the current market volatility.
Open from 7 April to 2 June, the second issue of the five-year Optimiser will contain the same investment terms as the original. Managed by Barclays Global Investors, it is linked to the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
The index fund offers 45% BRIC exposure (as at 31 December 2007), with access to developing markets such as South Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.
Barclays says the fund’s participation level will fall when volatility is high, while levels will increase during calmer periods.
Clients will receive the full return from the index fund as well as the initial capital at maturity, regardless of the fund’s performance.
“The success of the first issue of the Optimiser demonstrated real investor demand for an investment that can offer both dynamic exposure to an exciting sector and full repayment of their capital,” Barclays Wealth director Colin Dickie says.
“We believe that, with market turbulence showing little sign of abating and diversification becoming increasingly important, the new issue will prove at least as popular as the last.”
Minimum investment is £3,600 and IFA commission is 3%.
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