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Credit Suisse Announces Launch of the “SLVO” ETN Providing Exposure to a Covered Call Strategy on Silver Shares with Variable Monthly Cash Distributions
The new product is linked to the Credit Suisse NASDAQ Silver FLOWSTM 106 Index and is the second precious metals covered call strategy launched by Credit Suisse.Credit Suisse today announced the launch of its new Silver Shares Covered Call ETN which is listed under the ticker symbol “SLVO” and began trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market this morning. SLVO is the first exchange traded product in the US market to offer investors access to a covered call strategy on a silver investment and is designed to pay variable monthly coupons. SLVO is the second ETN in Credit Suisse’s covered call strategy family of products, and follows the January 2013 launch of GLDI, an ETN tracking a similar strategy on gold.
SLVO, which tracks the Credit Suisse NASDAQ Silver FLOWSTM (Formula-Linked OverWrite Strategy) 106 Index, seeks to implement a rolling “covered call” investment strategy by maintaining a notional long position in shares of the iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) while notionally selling monthly out-of-the-money call options on that position. Holders of SLVO will be entitled to receive variable monthly payments based on the notional option premiums received from the sale of the covered call options each month.
“Precious metals investments do not typically provide any current income. For the GLDI and SLVO ETNs however, this is not the case,” said Greg King, head of exchange traded products in Credit Suisse’s Investment Bank. “Covered call strategies are designed to enhance yield in exchange for sacrificing part of the upside of an investment position. Both SLVO and GLDI seek to provide investors and their advisors with interesting new ways to introduce monthly cash flows into their portfolios while maintaining some exposure to precious metals.”
Credit Suisse partnered with NASDAQ OMX in creating the FLOWSTM suite of indices that the ETN tracks. “As a global index provider, we are pleased to have helped create another index that is the basis of the first ETN to offer investors access to a covered call strategy on a silver investment,” said Robert Hughes, Vice President, NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes. “NASDAQ OMX and Credit Suisse share a common goal of helping investors meet their investment objectives and we look forward to exploring other ways to provide them with additional investment opportunities.”
More information on the Credit Suisse Silver FLOWSTM 106 Index ETN (SLVO) and the Credit Suisse Gold FLOWSTM 103 Index ETN (GLDI) can be found on: www.credit-suisse.com/etn
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