Morgan Stanley launches Asia (ex Japan) Protected Growth Plan

London —

Morgan Stanley announced today that it is launching a new investment product known at the Asia (ex Japan) Protected Growth Plan. This unique product offers investors the opportunity to access this fast growing region in a protected format and without exposure to any Foreign Exchange risk.

The Asia (ex Japan) Protected Growth Plan is linked to the major Asian markets of Hong Kong and Taiwan that represent exposure to the regional and China investment theme.  The product is designed to provide the investor with a full return of their capital, plus 150% of the growth of an equally weighted basket of the Hong Kong Seng Index and MSCI Taiwan index over the six year term of the product; with an early exit feature after 3 years.

“The Asia (ex Japan) Region has continued to see huge growth over the last few years with equity markets hitting record highs,” said Marc Chamberlain, Vice President in UK Structured Solutions. “As investors find it increasingly hard to generate double digit returns in some global markets, the outlook in Asia continues to be very positive with strong balance sheets, record banking system liquidity, low rates and good earnings outlook” he added.

The Asian (ex Japan) Protected Growth Plan is the latest in the series of successful product launches for UK investors which include The Emerging Markets Growth Plan 4, The FTSE Capital Plus Plan 9 and the FTSE Protected Growth Plan 20. For further information on this and other current Plan offerings pleases visit www.MorganStanleyIQ.co.uk.

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