How To Make A Capital Guarantee

You might be wondering, what is a capital guarantee product? And the simple answer is it’s an investment where you are promised that you will not lose the money you put into a product.
Let’s take the example of property. There are those who believe property will always go up, and there are others who are worried that with all the ups and downs maybe their investment property might be down when they go to sell it and they will lose money.

So property investors might want to know that their property is capital guaranteed for a specific time period, 10 years for example.

The usual way this is currently done is instead of buying property directly, an investor buys into a property trust that is capital guaranteed. The guarantee costs roughly 3 percent of the investment and the investor has no control over the property trust.

Given the perceived complexity of this type of investment, I asked private wealth manger David Darmali, financial planner from Invest Partner how he constructs a capital guarantee and he provided an example of how he might do this for his clients.

“Say for example* they had $1 million. They spend $600,000 on a bank bond that guarantees to pay them $1 million in 10 years time. With the other $400,000, they put down a deposit on a commercial property that has an 8 percent return,” Darmali said.

“The commercial interest rate is currently around 7 percent and the commercial property value grows by 2 to 3 percent per year, in line with rental increases with inflation (as commercial properties are valued according to the rent and rental contracts are usually indexed to CPI),” he said.

“Over 10 years, that would be at least a 10 percent increase in capital gain and assuming the tenant is secure, with a positive cash flow from day one. Their capital is also guaranteed by the bank bond.”

*These figures are for educational purposes only, not current actual figures.


About Virginia Graham

Virginia Graham manages Model Mortgages, and is a qualified financial planner. She is regularly consulted by the Austereo MMM radio network on interest rates and has appeared on Channel Seven news and current affairs programs as well as more recently the Ch 9 Today show. Virginia previously worked for ANZ Bank’s Treasury department as an interest rate dealer and for stockbroking firm Salomon Smith Barney. She has a bachelor of commerce majoring in finance, banking and business economics. Earlier in her career, Virginia was a fashion model in New York, and has appeared on the cover of several fashion magazines, including Australian Vogue. She wrote a book Flirting With finance and is a regular contributor to Woman’s weekly online and hosted a series of finance videos for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

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  1. Britanica
    December 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I never really thought much on this but it makes sense. The market for housing always goes up and down so you would want to buy when it is down and sell when it is up, right? I have a family friend who rents and sells properties. He easily owns a few million worth in building and homes in one small area. He actually bought a lot of these properties when the values for them were low and now that they are picking back up again, he is able to charge more for rent and sell the homes for almost double what he would have just 3 years ago.

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