Investing in iPath ETNs

iPath® Exchange Traded Notes ( ETNs) are innovative investment products issued by Barclays Bank PLC that seek to provide investors with a way to access the returns of a market or strategy, less investor fees and costs.

An investment in iPath ETNs involves significant risks, including possible loss of principal, and may not be suitable for all investors. For additional information regarding risks associated with the ETNs, please see "Selected Risk Considerations" below.

Gain access to difficult-to-reach exposures

iPath ETNs offer exposure to the returns of market benchmarks, less investor fees and costs, with exchange-traded accessibility. The ETN structure offers investors flexible exposure to investments in previously expensive or difficult-to-reach market sectors or strategies.

Help manage your taxable events1

U.S. holders of iPath ETNs (other than the certain currency and MLP ETNs) should generally not be required to include amounts in income prior to sale, redemption or maturity. Investors should generally recognize gain or loss upon the sale, redemption or maturity of their iPath ETNs in an amount equal to the difference between the amount they receive at such time and their tax basis in the securities. This enables investors to generally manage the timing of taxable events related to their investment in iPath ETNs. However, significant aspects of the tax treatment of the ETNs are uncertain, and the IRS and U.S. Treasury are actively considering the tax treatment of instruments such as iPath ETNs, which could change at any time. Investors should consult a tax advisor about their own tax situation.

Trading Flexibility

iPath ETNs are listed on NYSE Arca or another U.S. national securities exchange and can be bought and sold at their market price on the secondary market anytime during trading hours, subject to the existance of a listing and trading market, similar to other publicly traded securities.

Although the ETNs are listed on a U.S. national securities exchange, a trading market for the ETNs may not develop and the liquidity of the ETNs may be limited, as we are not required to maintain any listing of the ETNs.

Investors can redeem a large block of iPath ETNs, at least 20,000, 25,000 or 50,000 ETNs (depending on the series) of the same series at one time, directly to the issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, on any redemption date, subject to the procedures described in the relevant product prospectus.  A redemption charge may apply for certain series of iPath ETNs. 

The redemption charge is a one-time transaction charge imposed only in the case of early redemption for certain iPath ETNs and is intended to allow the issuer to recoup brokerage and other costs incurred in connection with an early redemption (although proceeds from the charge may be more or less than such costs).  Investors transacting in the secondary market will not incur a redemption charge for any series of iPath ETNs.

1 Please see the applicable prospectus for a more complete discussion of the primary tax treatment and alternative tax characterizations that are possible with respect to each series of iPath ETNs.


An investment in the iPath ETNs described herein (the ETNs) involves risks, including possible loss of principal, and may not be suitable for all investors.  Selected risks are summarized here and select product specific risk factors are summarized under Select Risk Considerations on the relevant product pages, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under Risk Factors in the applicable product prospectus.

You May Lose Some or All of Your Principal: The ETNs are exposed to any change in the level of the underlying index, or the Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) level, in the case of the iPath® S&P MLP ETN, between the inception date and the applicable valuation date.  Additionally, if the level of the underlying index or the VWAP level, is insufficient to offset the negative effect of the investor fee and other applicable costs, you will lose some or all of your investment at maturity or upon redemption, even if the value of such index or the VWAP level has increased or decreased, as the case may be.  Because the ETNs are subject to an investor fee and other applicable costs, the return on the ETNs will always be lower than the total return on a direct investment in the index components.  The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection.

Credit of Barclays Bank PLC: The ETNs are unsecured debt obligations of the issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of or guaranteed by any third party.  Any payment to be made on the ETNs, including any payment at maturity or upon redemption, depends on the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due.  As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC will affect the market value, if any, of the ETNs prior to maturity or redemption.  In addition, in the event Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the terms of the ETNs.

A Trading Market for the ETNs May Not Develop: Although the ETNs are listed on a U.S. national securities exchange, a trading market for the ETNs may not develop and the liquidity of the ETNs may be limited, as we are not required to maintain any listing of the ETNs.

No Interest Payments from the ETNs: You may not receive any interest payments on the ETNs.

Restrictions on the Minimum Number of ETNs and Date Restrictions for Redemptions: You must redeem at least 20,0000, 25,000 or 50,000 (depending on the series) ETNs of the same series at one time in order to exercise your right to redeem your ETNs on any redemption date.  You may only redeem your ETNs on a redemption date if we receive a notice of redemption from you by certain dates and times as set forth in the product prospectus.

Uncertain Tax Treatment: Significant aspects of the tax treatment of the ETNs are uncertain. You should consult your own tax advisor about your own tax situation.

Barclays Bank PLC has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates.  Before you invest, you should read the prospectus and other documents Barclays Bank PLC has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering.  You may get these documents for free by visiting or EDGAR on the SEC website at  Alternatively, Barclays Bank PLC will arrange for Barclays Capital Inc. to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling 1-212-528-7990, or you may request a copy from any other dealer participating in the offering.

The ETNs may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. Commissions may apply and there are tax consequences in the event of sale, redemption or maturity of ETNs.

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Barclays Capital Inc. acts as the issuer's agent in connection with the distribution of the iPath ETNs. Barclays Capital Inc. is an affiliate of Barclays Bank PLC and is a registered US broker-dealer regulated by the SEC and the FINRA.