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Structured investment-i FAQs

What is a structured investment-i?

Structured investments-i can come in many forms, but they're typically funded investment products that are a combination of a deposit (or other similar fixed income instruments, such as a Sukuk, equities or Islamic negotiable instrument of deposit) and an embedded derivative element, which gives a risk exposure to a class of assets, aimed at delivering the enhanced return (relative to ordinary time deposit products) for that structured investment.

The return on investment is dependent upon the performance of the chosen asset class, such as equity indices, equities, interest rates (benchmarked), fixed-income instruments, foreign exchange rates, commodities, or combinations of these. If the asset class performs in the way expected under the terms of the embedded derivative, it will deliver a payoff that brings about the enhanced return intended for that structured investment-i.

Why should I invest in structured investments-i?

Investing in structured investments-i gives investors the potential opportunity to earn a higher return, as explained above. Structured investments-i come with varying risk levels and can be principal guaranteed (where the investment is designed to prevent the investor from losing any principal amount invested) as well as non-principal guaranteed (where the investment is exposed to higher risk in exchange for enhanced returns). Inherently, an investor could also lose part or even all of the principal amount invested if the investment does not perform. In some structures, the design may include loss mitigation barriers to cap the potential loss of principal to strike a balance between risk and potential higher returns – these are usually termed as structured investments-i that are "partially principal guaranteed" by HSBC Amanah Berhad.

What should I consider before investing in a structured investment-i?

You should consider the suitability of the particular structured investment-i based on your financial goals, risk appetite and liquidity needs. When choosing a structured investment, you'll need to consider the following:

  • Liquidity - Consider your liquidity needs as your money will be tied up for a period of time and early withdrawal (if permitted, as some may not even permit an early withdrawal, or only if subject to conditions) may result in the loss of part of your return and/or principal. Make sure you have no urgent need for the funds you invested for the investment tenor and have sufficient liquidity on hand in your portfolio to account for any emergencies or situations that might arise.
  • Risks - Structured investments-i are riskier than normal fixed deposits. You should understand the risks involved and what will happen in a worst case scenario. Make sure you're comfortable with the risk involved and if you aren't certain, seek help from your Personal Banker/Relationship Manager to better understand the risks involved. However, your Personal Banker/Relationship Manager is not there to advise you about any specific investment decision; whether you should enter into any particular structured investment-i must ultimately be your own decision that you arrive at with the help of your own independent financial advisors, if you feel it's necessary.
  • Returns - As structured investments-i are tied to the performance of the underlying asset/asset class such as equities indices, equities, interest rates (benchmarked), fixed-income instruments, foreign exchange rate, exchange traded funds (ETFs), commodities or a combination of these, you should understand how the performance of these instruments affects the return on your investment. You should also be aware that past performance or back-testing is not necessarily indicative of future performance.

What are the different underlying (i.e. asset class or type) used in structured investments-i?

HSBC Amanah offers structured investments-i with underlyings from different asset classes such as equity indices, equities, profit rates, foreign exchange rates, ETFs, commodities etc.

Are structured investments-i eligible for protection by the Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM)?

Not all structured investments-i are eligible for PIDM protection. You should refer to the Investment Agreement for details on the eligibility for PIDM protection.

Can I invest in structured investments-i?

Structured investment-i can only be offered to an "eligible investor" within the meaning of Schedule 6 item 13, Section 229 of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (as amended from time to time), where to qualify as an "eligible investor", at least 1 of the following below must be true as at the investment date :

  • An individual whose total net personal assets, not inclusive of the value of his or her primary residence, exceeds 3 million ringgit (RM3,000,000) or its equivalent in foreign currencies; OR
  • An individual whose total net joint assets with his or her spouse, not inclusive of the value of their primary residence, exceeds 3 million ringgit (RM3,000,000) or its equivalent in foreign currencies; OR
  • An individual who has a gross annual income exceeding RM300,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies in the last 12 months; OR
  • An individual who, jointly with his or her spouse has a gross annual income exceeding RM400,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies in the last 12 months

Selling restrictions/tradability – not intended for distribution in the United States of America and Canada or for sales to US citizens and residents (which, for purposes of this investment, shall include US taxpayers) and Canadian citizens and residents.

Structured investments-i are also (i) non-tradeable/non-assignable and (ii) non-chargeable by the investor, except to the bank itself. Any purported third-party rights sought to be conferred by the investor by agreement or transfer without the prior concurrence of the bank of any kind shall not be recognised. Investments in the form of FRINI will have different transferability characteristics from the aforesaid, but will also have other conditions related thereto before a transfer can be effected.

Can I invest in Floating Rates Negotiable Instrument of Deposits (FRNID)/ Floating Rates Islamic Negotiable Instruments (FRINI)?

Can I invest in Floating Rates Islamic Negotiable Instruments (FRINI)?

There is no minimum net worth requirement for investment in FRINI. However, you must not be a US citizen and/or resident (which, for purposes of this investment, shall include US taxpayers) and/or a Canadian citizen and resident.

What is the minimum amount I need to invest?

The minimum investment amount for structured investments-i is RM50,000 and thereafter in multiples of RM1,000. The minimum investment amount for FRINI is RM65,000 and thereafter in multiples of RM1,000.

What are the risks involved when investing in structured investment-i products?

There are different risks associated with structured investment. These include principal risk, early redemption by customer risk, credit risk, legal risk, liquidity risk, early call risk, return risk, operational risk, early termination/redemption by the bank risk, options risk, settlement risk, tax risk, inflation risk, force majeure event risk, counterparty risk, reinvestment risk, compound of risk, interbank rates risk, market risk, Shariah non-compliance risk, market disruption risk and adjustment/substitution risk.

You're advised to read the investment agreement and other documents for detailed descriptions of the risks. You're also advised to carefully consider all risk factors before making any investment decision.

Is my structured investment principal guaranteed?

There are 2 categories of structured investments-i: non-principal guaranteed and 100% principal guaranteed. If you invest in a non-principal guaranteed investment, you may suffer a loss or partial loss of your principal. If you invest in a 100% principal guaranteed investment, the principal will be guaranteed if you hold the investment till its maturity, regardless of the performance of the underlying.

What are the charges/ fees I have to pay?

The Wakalah/agency fee is waived (otherwise, up to 0.25% of the principal amount invested is to be paid upfront).

Are there any penalties or charges if I redeem my structured investment-i prior to the maturity date?

Any early redemption of the structured investment-i prior to the maturity date will be at a buyback price that will be quoted by the bank and may result in a partial loss of the principal amount invested. The actual amount that you will be paid depends on the market value of the investment at the time of early redemption adjusted for the bank’s unwinding costs, if any.

What documents will I receive from the bank if I invest in structured investments-i?

You'll be given an Investment Agreement, Product Highlight Sheet or Product Disclosure Sheet and Risk Disclosure Statement.

What is the pre-investment cooling-off period?

You're allowed to terminate the contract and obtain a refund of the monies paid within 3 Kuala Lumpur banking days after signing the Investment Agreement or upon the trade date being reached, whichever is earlier.

Is there a post-sale cooling-off period?

There is no post sale cooling-off period. If the contract is terminated after the pre- investment cooling-off period, it will be regarded as an early redemption.

Will the Bank provide me with regular statements of my investment?

An annual investment performance report will be sent to you if the structured investment-i tenor is longer than 1 year. The mark-to-market value will also be provided in your monthly statement for your reference and you may also access your investment portfolio via HSBC Amanah online banking under the 'Wealth Dashboard' section.

How are these structured investments-i regulated by local authorities?

Structured investments-i are regulated in Malaysia by the Securities Commission and Bank Negara Malaysia.

What are the applicable Shariah concepts to structured investments-i?

Structured investments-i are structured using the concept of Wakalah bi al-Istithmar and the hedging arrangement for the investment uses the concept of Wa’ad, Commodity Murabahah and Commodity Musawamah.

  • Wakalah bi al-Istithmar is an investment agency contract where the customer (the principal) appoints the bank (the agent) with a mandate to undertake Shariah compliant investment activities on behalf of the principal for a fee. The bank acts in 2 capacities – as an agent to the customer, and as an investment manager in carrying out Shariah-compliant investment activities.
  • Wa’ad - is a unilateral promise by one party to the other to undertake a transaction.
  • Commodity Murabahah - is a contract referring to a sale and purchase transaction involving a Shariah compliant commodity whereby the cost and profit margin (mark-up) are made known and agreed to by all parties involved. The settlement for the purchase can be either on a deferred lump sum or on an instalment basis and is specified in the agreement.
  • Commodity Musawamah - is a contract referring to a sale and purchase transaction involving a Shariah compliant commodity for a price without any reference to the cost. The settlement for the purchase can be either on a deferred lump sum or on an instalment basis and is specified in the agreement.
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