Equity-Linked Notes

Tailor your Investment to suit your market views

Equity-linked notes (ELNs) are short term investments (typically lasting 1 to 4 months) that give you the opportunity to buy shares of a selected company at a discount to market price1. It potentially pays higher interest income but carries the risk of exposure to share price market movements.

Reverse equity-linked notes (RELNs) utilise your existing shares for potentially higher returns by giving you the opportunity to sell your existing shares at a premium to market price1, but carry the risk of exposure to share price market movements.

Regardless of the note type, you will also enjoy flexibility in customising your investment by selecting your underlying shares or index, number of shares and strike price (conversion rate).

To understand the different types of ELNs, please click here for more.

At the inception of the ELN/RELN


Interest income

Opportunity to earn potentially higher interest income

Better yield from shares

Yield Through RELNs; Opportunity to obtain a better yield from the shares in your existing portfolio

Lock-in price

Opportunity to buy or sell underlying shares at a pre-agreed strike price chosen by you, at a discount or premium to market price1


Flexibility for you to choose your preferred underlying shares, index, number of shares and strike price


Market risk

Since product performance is linked to underlying performance, the value of the underlying shares may fluctuate, which could adversely affect the value of the ELN. In the case of a put option, the market value of the underlying shares may continue to decline after investors take delivery of the shares.

Foreign exchange risk

Losses could result from unfavorable fluctuations in currency exchange rates, if the ELN or underlying shares are based on a currency other than that of the investment currency.

Credit risk

ELNs are backed by the issuer and not by the company which issued the underlying shares. If the issuer defaults, investors may lose all or part of their investment.

Liquidity risk

The secondary market is typically illiquid, and bid prices are likely to be unattractive. Investors should not invest in an ELN unless they have sufficient funds to stay invested until maturity.

Early Termination/Redemption risk 

Investors may incur a substantial loss on the principal investment amount in the event they choose to terminate or redeem the investment before its maturity date.


ELNs are not principal-protected. There is a risk that investors could lose part or their entire principal investment amount.

Accredited Investors

  • ELNs are available for Accredited Investors only.
  • The requirements to be an Accredited Investor are:
  • (a) Net personal assets of more than S$2 million (or its equivalent in a foreign currency); OR
  • (b) Income in the preceding twelve (12) months of not less than S$300,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency)

Basic Trading (Cash) Account

Trade shares and other listed securities online or with a broker.

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