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Equity-linked investments

Tap into the potential of Hong Kong and US equity market movements and earn higher potential income even when the market is range-bound

What is an Equity-linked Investment?

An Equity-linked Investment (ELI) could help you capture potential wealth opportunities even when the market is volatile or stagnant. It could give you the chance to generate potential investment returns linked to the performance of Hong Kong or US underlying equities[@investment-selected-products-only], available with 100% protection or a chance to buy stocks at a price lower than the initial spot price.

US listed securities[@investment-selected-products-only] are now available as underlyings for non-principal protected ELIs. Explore our brand new online platform that allows you to customise your own Equity-linked Investments. Investment involves risk.

Key features

Earn higher potential returns

Earn higher potential returns than with traditional time deposits, depending on the movement of underlying equities

Soften negative market impact

ELI cushions you from negative market conditions with principal protected or knock-in (airbag feature).

Choose your preferred underlyings and tenor

Access more than 250 Hong Kong and US listed securities[@investment-selected-products-only] with tenor lengths from 3 months to 3 years, depending on your needs and circumstances

Seize market opportunities at ease

An alternative for those who may find it hard to time the market, with capability to customise[@customiseowneli] your product

Enjoy unlimited cash rewards for transactions made as a new customer

During the promotion period (now till 31 December 2024), new to Equity Linked Investment, Private Placement Notes and Rate-linked Structured Note customers (who did not hold or make Equity Linked Investment, Private Placement Notes or Rate-linked Structured Note transactions during the Observation Period) can enjoy:

  • a HKD250 cash rebate for every subscription of any Equity-linked Investment or any Rate-linked Structured Note with an amount HKD100,000 or equivalent in other currencies
  • a HKD1,250 cash rebate for every subscription of any Private Placement Note (available to HSBC Premier Elite Professional Investors only) with an amount HKD500,000 or equivalent in other currencies

There is no cap to the cash rebate you can earn during the promotional period.

T&Cs apply.

Invest in ELIs online easily

Our award-winning Equity Linked Investments (ELI) online trading platform makes investing simpler and more convenient.

  • 100% principal protected and non-principal protected solutions available
  • Customise your own product online[@investment-selected-products-only],[@customiseowneli] with access to more than 250 Hong Kong and US listed securities[@investment-selected-products-only]
  • Use Scenario Analysis[@investment-selected-products-only] to view possible payouts of the specific product selected
  • Guided journeys and filters to narrow down products according to you selection criteria
  • Reference underlying past performance

How does a non-principal protected ELI work?

A non-principal protected Equity-linked Investment (ELI) is a type of structured product. Its investment return is directly linked to the performance of a single underlying equity or a basket of up to 4 underlying equities.

Scenarios you may encounter when investing in ELIs

A non-principal protected ELI is typically a short to medium-term investment product that may provide potential yield enhancement. On top of this potential interest, you could either receive 100% of your initial principal investment or stock delivery of the worst-performing stock at a discounted price lower than the initial spot price upon maturity.

But in the worst case scenario, the stock price can drop to 0 which means that the stock you receive can be worth nothing and will lose the entire investment.

You can also check out the Scenario tab for a specific product on the ELI online trading platform and view possible scenarios, illustrated with dynamic payout calculation.

Fee and charges

You won't be charged a subscription fee. However, other charges may apply.

If the Hong Kong underlying stock is to be delivered on the settlement date, you will be charged:

  • a stamp duty of 0.13% of the transaction amount of the underlying stock deliverable at the value of the exercise price (rounded up to the nearest dollar).
  • a deposit transaction charge of HKD5 per board lot of the underlying stock deposited into your investment services/securities account, at a minimum charge of HKD30 and maximum of HKD200

For other securities services, the standard securities charges will apply as advised by us when you open the account or when we notify you periodically with reasonable prior notice before the revisions.

If you have any questions, please visit us at your nearest branch.

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    • The information shown in this website is neither a recommendation, an offer, nor a solicitation for any investment product or service. Investment involves risk. You should carefully consider whether any investment product or service mentioned herein is appropriate for you in view of your personal circumstances. Past performance is no guide to future performance. Investors should refer to the individual product explanatory memorandum or offering document for further details and risks involved. The price of investment products may move up or down. Losses may be incurred as well as profits made as a result of buying and selling investment products.
    • The Securities and Futures Commission (the 'SFC') has authorized the Equity Linked Investments and offering documents of Equity Linked Investments. The SFC's authorization does not imply official recommendation or endorsement of Equity Linked Investments, nor does it guarantee the commercial merits of Equity Linked Investments or its performance.


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    Risk disclosure – Equity-linked Investments (ELIs)

    The following risks should be read together with the other risks contained in the 'risk warnings' section in the relevant offering documents of the ELIs.

    • You should note that the information contained in this material does NOT form part of the offering documents of our ELIs. You should read all the offering documents of our ELIs (including the programme memorandum, the financial disclosure document, the relevant product booklet and the indicative term sheet and any addendum to any of such documents) before deciding whether to invest in our ELIs. If you have any doubts about the content of this material, you should seek independent professional advice.
    • Not a time deposit – ELI is NOT equivalent to, nor should it be treated as a substitute for, time deposit. It is NOT a protected deposit and is NOT protected by the Deposit Protection Scheme in Hong Kong.
    • Not principal-protected – Some ELIs are not principal-protected: you could lose all of your investment.
    • Limited potential gain –The maximum potential gain under this product is capped and it is possible that you may not receive any potential cash dividend amount for the entire scheduled tenor of the ELIs.
    • Re-investment risk – If our ELIs are terminated early, we will pay you the nominal amount of the ELIs (less any cash settlement expenses), and any accrued potential cash dividend amount calculated up to and including that call date. No further potential cash dividend amount will be payable following such early termination. Market conditions may have changed and you may not be able to enjoy the same rate of return if you re-invest these proceeds in other investments with similar risk parameters.
    • No collateral – ELIs are not secured on any of our assets or any collateral.
    • Limited market-making arrangements are available and you may suffer a loss if you sell your ELIs before expiry. Our ELIs are designed to be held to their settlement date. Limited market making arrangements are available on a bi-weekly basis for all our ELIs. If you try to sell your ELIs before expiry, the amount you receive for each ELI may be substantially less than the issue price you paid for each ELI.
    • Not the same as investing in the reference asset – Investing in our ELIs is not the same as investing in the reference asset. Changes in the market price of the reference asset may not lead to a corresponding change in the market value of, or your potential payout under, the ELIs.
    • Not covered by the Investor Compensation Fund – Our ELIs are not listed on any stock exchange and are not covered by the Investor Compensation Fund. There may not be any active or liquid secondary market.
    • Maximum loss upon issuer's default or insolvency – Our ELIs constitute general, unsecured and unsubordinated contractual obligations of the issuer and of no other person. When you buy our ELIs, you will be relying on issuer's creditworthiness. If issuer becomes insolvent or defaults on its obligations under the ELIs, in the worst case scenario, you could lose all of your investment.
    • Risks relating to RMB – You should note that the value of RMB against other foreign currencies fluctuates and will be affected by, amongst other things, the PRC government's control (eg the PRC government regulates conversion between RMB and foreign currencies), which may adversely affect your return under this product when you convert RMB into your home currency. The value of your RMB-denominated ELIs will be subject to the risk of exchange rate fluctuation. If you choose to convert your RMB deposit to other currencies at an exchange rate that is less favourable than that in which you made your original conversion to RMB, you may suffer loss in principal. This product (if denominated in RMB) will be denominated and settled in RMB deliverable in Hong Kong, which is different from that of RMB deliverable in mainland China.
    • You may, at settlement, receive physical delivery of reference asset(s).
    • Our ELIs may be terminated early by us according to the terms as set out in offering documents of our ELIs.
    • Our ELIs are structured investment products which are embedded with derivatives.
    • Investment returns (if any) not denominated in home currency are exposed to exchange rate fluctuations. Rates of exchange may cause the value of investments to go up or down.


    The information contained in this website have not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong or any regulatory authority in Hong Kong.

    Investment involves risk. The price of structured products may move up or down. Losses may be incurred as well as profits made as a result of buying and selling structured products.

    You should carefully consider whether any investment products or services mentioned herein are appropriate for you in view of your investment experience, objectives, financial resources and circumstances.

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