Brinker Capital has launched a series of principal-protected notes that are fixed income vehicles with market participation through an equity index. The first issue of notes will probably have a participation rate between 75% and 85%. As a fixed income vehicle, the fees associated with the product range between 75 and 90 basis points, as opposed to the 115 to 145 basis point range for equity products. The first offering, which has not yet opened, will close sometime in June, and subsequent notes will be offered periodically, probably every 30 to 60 days.
Brinker is using a straightforward investment strategy that uses zero-coupon bonds to guarantee principal and uses the rest of the money to buy index options. The principal-protected portion helps mitigate the risk of investing in equities.