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Introducing Desjardins Structured Notes

Investment solutions designed to deliver higher return potential in different market views while your initial investment stays safe.

Year after year, structured notes, also known as market-linked notes, have been gaining in popularity among investors. That’s because structured notes offer an alternative to traditional investments that can be used to diversify a portfolio while offering a distinct risk/return profile from fixed-income or growth products.

Desjardins, a leader in the Canadian structured product market with over 20 years of experience in the field, is pleased to introduce principal protected notes. These investment solutions are designed to take advantage of a potential return for specific market views while offering investors the peace of mind of knowing that their principal is 100% guaranteed at maturity.

What are principal protected structured notes?

They are investments made up of two key components:

  1. One component guarantees that your initial investment will be returned to you at maturity.
  2. A second market-linked component offers the possibility (not a guarantee) of a return based on the performance of the note’s underlying asset and other product-related features:
    • The underlying asset (or reference portfolio) may be a basket of stocks, stock market indexes, etc.
    • The features can vary and include elements such as term, participation rate, return formula, etc.

Fully guaranteed principal

The graph illustrates the change in value of the investment from its issue to maturity. The initial investment amount is made up of one portion guaranteeing the capital and another generating revenue. The two portions grow and increase in value throughout the term of the investment. At maturity, the initial investment amount is combined with the returns generated and paid out.

The advantages of principal protected structured notes

In addition to providing sector and/or geographic diversification, these investment products combine the following benefits:

1. Security

  • Principal 100% guaranteed at maturity

2. Market return potential

  • Higher return potential than traditional fixed-income products like guaranteed investment certificates (GICs)
  • Unique market exposure provided by the structure of the note

3. Liquidity and flexibility

  • Redeemable at any time (with certain conditions, fees may apply)
  • Various terms
  • Minimum investment of $1,000
  • Can be included in registered plans or held separately

Desjardins Principal Protected Notes: take advantage of different market views

Each investment product is designed or structured in a unique way to provide investors with the best possible return potential in different market views, all while guaranteeing 100% of the invested capital at maturity.

Some of the products are also designed to provide income flow during the term through guaranteed or contingent coupons.

Desjardins makes different investments available based on market conditions while taking investors’ needs into account.

For example:

Stable or moderately bullish market

Structuring element chosen Purpose of structuring
Enhanced participation rate: 150%
  • Enhanced participation rate
  • Increase the possibility of reaching the maximum return on the note at maturity.

Anticipated short-term market correction followed by a recovery

Structuring element chosen Purpose of structuring
Return formula: Optimal start
  • Take advantage of a short-term market correction followed by a rebound.
  • Maintain long-term exposure if there is no correction.

Emerging market potential

Structuring element chosen Purpose of structuring
Basket of securities selected by Desjardins experts: 14 equities from a variety of sectors in the emerging markets (China, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, India, etc.)
  • Add emerging market exposure to an investment portfolio with peace of mind, eliminating the risks associated with volatility and exchange rate fluctuations, etc.
  • Take advantage of the emerging markets’ significant growth potential when compared to the developed markets.


The author

Marc Sakha

Marc Sakha

MBA, National Sales Director, Desjardins Structured products

Marc Sakha is a structured products specialist in the Desjardins Investment Solutions Business development division. He acts as a subject matter expert for the sales teams for all questions related to Desjardins Structured Notes. Marc has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry.