Gold's Silver Lining
The gold bullion market has seen some dramatic moves recently, but the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Notes show the silver lining of these price gyrations. After rising to a high of $725 USD on May 12, 2006, gold prices have subsequently retracted to $569.50 (the London P.M. fixing spot gold price on June 15, 2006). Although painful for investors who bought gold at its high, the recent drop serves to effectively demonstrate the value of the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In strategy.
The ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Notes, Gold Price Class - which launched on April 10, 2006 with a NAV (Net Asset Value) of $9.305 (and an initial guarantee level of $10.00) – saw its value quickly rise to a high point of $10.54. Although the Note's value subsequently fell – along with the overall gold market (and numerous other commodities, for that matter), because of its unique Profit Lock-In structure, the high point is now guaranteed.
Even though the Note's current NAV is $8.762 (June 16, 2006), holders are guaranteed to receive $10.54 at maturity even if the price of gold and the Note's NAV never rises again. Holders that bought the notes upon issue have essentially already locked-in a guaranteed return of 5.4% on their original investment. Compared with the 20% or more drop in gold prices since gold hit its high in May, a 5.4% gain looks very attractive. With a daily lock-in of every new high watermark in each Profit Lock-In Note, ONE Financial clients can be sure that any gains their Notes achieve will be there at maturity, no matter what happens in the markets.
From inception (April 10, 2006) to June 13, 2006.
What's more, if gold rises to new highs over the term of the Notes, the value of the Gold Price Class Note and its guarantee level can rise to new heights as well.
The Family Advantage
An additional feature of the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Family of Notes is the ability to "switch" from one note to another. "Buy low, sell high" sounds easy enough, but unfortunately, most investors don't know the answer to the necessary corollary of "How low is low, and how high is high?" However, with the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In family of notes, investors already know what the minimum future value of each Note is guaranteed to be.
Although we are still in the first 6 month blackout period on sales and switches, this is a clear indication of the arbitrage opportunities that will potentially exist over the life of the Notes. Investors can use opportunities like this, where a Note's current value is lower than its guaranteed amount, to systematically increase their guaranteed rate of return over the life of the notes, locking in gains in one asset class, and taking advantage of price declines in other sectors.
The Gold Price Class Note gives investors a very secure way to invest in gold and the Profit Lock-In feature adds significantly to that security.
Profit Lock-In Notes
The ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Notes and the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In & Cashflow Notes offer five classes of notes based on different underlying investments, including gold, baskets of high-dividend paying stocks, income trusts and stock market indexes from the G7 countries. The notes guarantee 100% of original principal as well as the highest value achieved by the note during its term, if held to maturity. ONE Financial's family of notes is guaranteed by BNP Paribas, the world's sixth largest bank.
The recent performance of the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Notes, Gold Price Class note has shown the effectiveness of the Profit Lock-In strategy – locking in profits for Gold Note investors, even as the overall gold market tumbles. For money that needs to be there when it's needed – retirement savings, nest eggs – the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In Notes are the solution, providing the silver lining to market corrections.
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†For the ONE Financial Profit Lock-In (& Cashflow) Notes, 100% of the amount by which the highest NAV of the portfolio the returns of the note are linked to (and for the Cashflow Notes, the highest NAV net of all dividends and other distributions paid by any of the Note's Underlying Investments, if any) during the term of the Notes exceeds the principal amount is locked-in and guaranteed to be paid by Maturity.
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