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ING Pitches Retail Follow-Up

22 Apr 2005

ING Financial Markets began marketing its second equity-linked note to retail investors in Hong Kong last week, after making its debut in this hotly-contested market early this year (DW, 1/24).

ING Financial Markets began marketing its second equity-linked note to retail investors in Hong Kong last week, after making its debut in this hotly-contested market early this year (DW, 1/24). Dubbed the ING Lion ELN Series II, the two-year worst-of structure is linked to five blue-chip shares in the property and financial sectors, including Cheung Kong Holdings and HSBC. Edwin Bernard, Asian head of equity derivative product sales in Hong Kong, said, "This is a more defensive product as the overall market is trading in a range without a clear direction." He added, "We still see strength in these two sectors, particularly for a two-year outlook."

The note, which will close in mid-May, delivers shares of the worst-performing stock if a strike level expected to be set at 92% of the initial value is hit. A minimum coupon of 5.5% will be paid annually, with a maximum upside potential of around 40% for the total two-year life. "This product is a great way to pick up yield in the current environment while the defensive nature of the underlying shares lowers the chance of the laggard share being delivered," noted Bernard.

22 Apr 2005

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