Today sees the launch of the Shenton International Asset-Backed Mini Bond, an opportunity for UK-based investors to potentially benefit from carefully selected real estate projects in Germany, North America and Brazil.

The mini bond, a form of corporate loan that pays ten per cent per annum gross interest for four years, is issued by Shenton Holdings, the Singapore-based alternative investment house. With more than 10,000 customers, Shenton has invested more than £390m into 51 international real estate projects in four years.

Launching today, the asset-backed mini bond will be open until 31st October 2016, allowing individuals to make minimum investments of £1,000 (multiples of £1,000 thereafter). Funds will then be invested by Shenton’s senior investment team into heritage real estate projects in Germany, residential developments in the US state of Iowa, and prime beachfront hotel refurbishments in the resort of Natal in Brazil.

Helen Chong, founder of the Shenton Group and CEO of Shenton Holdings, said: “We launched the Shenton Group in 2011 with the aim of giving Singaporeans access to international real estate investment opportunities. Today we’re excited to be offering UK investors the same opportunities to access international real estate investment, with the same types of returns. The Shenton International Mini Bond – our second mini bond – enables investors to access real estate markets in North America, South America, and Europe, with funds secured against tangible assets.”

“In the current financial climate, with investors facing uninspiringly low interest rates and having struggled to generate satisfactory returns, companies have found it hard to secure finance from traditional sources. Meanwhile, stock market volatility has reminded people that the value of their investments really can go down as well as up. In this testing financial climate, we believe that mini bonds represent a great opportunity to secure a strong fixed-rate return over a defined period – and with investments secured against assets, the ShentonInternational Mini Bond offers a level of security that we believe can normally only found with products paying a much lower rate.”

“We see mini bonds as an exciting alternative opportunity for individuals to invest directly into a business of their choice. We are working with Black Swan Edge, specialists in applying data analysis to finance marketing, to ensure we reach suitable investors.”

Paul Davis, managing director of Black Swan Edge, said: “Shenton International is an exciting company with ambitious plans, and we are excited to be working with the team to help this mini bond be successful. We will be augmenting their depth of understanding of the real estate market with data-driven insights into the investor community to ensure that the mini bond is being promoted to as many of the right people as possible.”

The value of these untradeable and non-transferable bonds, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and as such, your capital is at risk if you invest. Shenton International Asset-Backed Mini Bonds is not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The content of this financial promotion has been approved, for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services & Market Act 2000 (FSMA) by Resolution Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 574048).