Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong.
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Risk information

Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be very complex and high risk.

What are the key risks?

  1. You could lose all the money you invest
    • By investing into a real estate project through ESE Capital you will be investing in a Bond instrument issued by Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV’s) which provide a funding facility for the purpose of real estate development. If the project fails, Investors can lose some or all of the money they invested.
    • Advertised rates of return aren’t guaranteed. This is not a savings account. If the project doesn’t pay the SPV back as agreed, you could earn less money than expected or nothing at all. A higher advertised rate of return means a higher project risk with an increased probability of losing your money.
    • Due Diligence and project oversight is carried out by the platform on each ESE Capital project that you are investing into to assess how well they are expected to perform. However, you should always also do your own research before investing.
    • These investments are sometimes held in an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). While any potential gains from your investment will be tax free, you can still lose all your money. An IFISA does not reduce the risk of the investment or protect you from losses.
  2. You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong
    • Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover poor investment performance. Try the FSCS investment protection checker here.
    • Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA regulated firm, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here.
  3. You are unlikely to get your money back quickly
    • This type of property investment could face delays that can delay payments. These investments could also fail altogether and be unable to repay investors their money.
    • You have the opportunity to sell your investment early through the secondary market but there is no guarantee you will be able to find someone willing to buy.
  4. This is a complex investment
    • This investment has a complex structure to ensure the interest of investors is protected. Investments are made into each designated project SPV and are ring fenced from other project SPV’s to ensure full transparency of each investment made.
    • You may wish to get financial advice to understand how the structure works before deciding to invest.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website here.

For further information about minibonds, visit the FCA’s website here.

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