We define a Structured Product as: "An investment backed by a significant counterparty (or counterparties) where the returns are defined by reference to a defined underlying measurement (such as the FTSE 100 index) and delivered at a defined date (or dates)."
Since their first introduction into the UK retail investment space in the 1990’s, Lowes has been reviewing and selectively recommending structured products. Having built a reputation by being the first to publicly warn about the less desirable elements of the sector before they became ‘bad apples’ and operating consumer and industry facing websites dedicated to the investment sector for twenty years, Lowes are now recognised as one of the UK’s leading authorities in this field. As such, we are often the first point of contact for both consumer and trade press looking for unbiased and objective comments on all structured products matters.
In our efforts to achieve the best for our clients and the wider advice community, we have, helped shape the structured investment sector for better investor outcomes. Examples of our sector influence can be found in the Mariana 10:10 and Investec/Lowes 8:8 Plans, both of which were new sector innovations conceived by Lowes. These investments are utilised by hundreds of advisers across the UK.
Lowes produce the sector’s only annual maturity performance review and have published a detailed 10-year review of the evolution of the structured products sector. These reviews demonstrate Lowes own product selection and show that Lowes “Preferred” products have outperformed the sector at almost every turn.
To download a copy of the 2020 annual performance review, click here.
Building on our knowledge and product selection success we launched the Lowes UK Defined Strategy Fund in 2018. This innovative UCITS fund of structured investment strategies aims to deliver returns in excess of those earned on cash (as measured by three-month GBP LIBOR) plus 5% over the medium-to-long-term.
StructuredProductReview.com is our dedicated research service for financial services professionals and boasts over 10,000 registrations. The service is utilised by other IFAs as a one stop source of comprehensive information and education tools on structured products and is the primary structured product research tool for many firms.
Our consumer site, CompareStructuredProducts.com has evolved from our original website that served to warn investors away from the worst of the early iterations of the sector. It is used by those who wish to gain an insight into what the sector has to offer and those who are confident to invest without advice.
Lowes have produced a comprehensive guide to Structured Products which can be downloaded here.
Capital at risk.
The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.
Disclosure of Lowes interest
Lowes has provided input into the concept, development, promotion and distribution of the Mariana 10:10 and Investec/Lowes 8:8 Plans.
The provider’s charges/fees are built into the terms of the investments - Lowes has a commercial interest
in the Plans as a result of its involvement in its development and promotion. All Plan returns are stated
after allowing for these charges/fees. Where Lowes is involved in advice on or the intermediation of this
investment to retail clients, it will not be paid any fee from Mariana and Investec for its input. The aim of
developing Plans in co-operation with providers, with Lowes input, is that they should be amongst the best available in the market.
Lowes has robust systems and controls in place to ensure that it manages any actual or potential
conflicts of interests in its activities.
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