Barclays Bank PLC Launches The Barclays Inverse US Treasury Composite ETNs

Barclays Bank PLC announced today the launch of the Barclays Inverse US Treasury Composite Exchange Traded Notes (“ETNs”) on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) under the ticker symbol TAPR. The ETNs begin trading today.

The ETNs are designed to help investors position for rising US dollar Treasury yields by tracking the Barclays Inverse US Treasury Futures Composite Index™ (“the Index”). The Index employs a strategy that tracks the sum of the returns of periodically rebalanced synthetic short positions in equal face values of each of the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year, long-bond and ultra-long US Treasury futures contracts.

An investment in the ETNs involves significant risks, including possible loss of principal, and may not be suitable for all investors. The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection. The ETNs are also subject to certain investor fees, which will have a negative effect on the value of the ETNs. The ETNs are speculative and may exhibit high volatility.

“TAPR expands and complements our existing range of fixed income ETNs, and offers investors a differentiated strategy to hedge against or benefit from rising US dollar interest rates,” said Ian Merrill, Head of ETNs Americas. “TAPR is also the first Barclays-issued ETN to be listed on NASDAQ.”

“With economic targets being met, and the Federal Reserve continuing the tapering of its quantitative easing program, many investors are concerned about the potential of rising USD interest rates,” said Manish Saraf, Director, Macro Structuring, Americas. “The TAPR ETNs are the only ETNs that provide inverse exposure to all five tenors on the US Treasury Futures curve using a single instrument.”

The ETN prospectus can be found on EDGAR, the SEC website, at

Barclays ETNs are senior, unsecured, unsubordinated debt securities issued by Barclays Bank PLC. Barclays Bank PLC is the issuer of Barclays ETNs and Barclays Capital Inc. is the issuer’s agent.

Selected Risk Considerations

An investment in the Barclays ETNs described herein (the "ETNs") involves risks. Selected risks are summarized here, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under "Risk Factors" in the applicable prospectus supplement and pricing supplement.

You May Lose Some or All of Your Principal: The ETNs are exposed to any decrease in the level of the underlying index between the inception date and the applicable valuation date. Based on historical and hypothetical historical data, the level of the index has decreased significantly over time in the past and may continue to decrease significantly over the term of the ETNs. Additionally, if the level of the underlying index is insufficient to offset the negative effect of the daily investor fee and the index rolling cost, you will lose some or all of your investment at maturity or upon redemption, even if the value of such index has increased. Because the ETNs are subject to a daily investor fee and index rolling cost, 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 senior unsecured debt obligations of the issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of any third party. Any payment to be made on the ETNs depends on the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due and are not guaranteed by a third party. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC may affect the market value of the ETNs and, in the event Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its obligations, you may not receive the amounts owed to you under the terms of the ETNs.

Issuer Redemption: Barclays Bank PLC has the right to redeem or “call” the ETNs (in whole but not in part) at our sole discretion without your consent on any business day on or after the inception date until and including maturity.

Changes in the Prices of U.S. Treasury Futures Contracts May Affect the Value of Your ETNs: The return on your ETNs is linked to the performance of the underlying index, which corresponds to changes in the prices of the U.S. Treasury future contracts included in the index, and therefore such prices may affect the amount payable on your ETNs at maturity or upon early redemption and the market value of your ETNs.

The Index Is Subject to Risk Associated with Synthetic Short Positions in U.S. Treasury Futures Contracts: Because short positions are subject to unlimited risk of loss because there is no limit on the appreciation of the price of the relevant asset before the short position is closed. One or more of the U.S. Treasury futures contracts to which the Index provides synthetic short exposure may appreciate substantially, which would have an adverse effect on the level of the Index and, accordingly, decrease the payment you receive at maturity or upon early redemption.

Market and Volatility Risk: The market value of the ETNs may be influenced by many unpredictable factors and may fluctuate between the date you purchase them and the maturity date or redemption date. You may also sustain a significant loss if you sell your ETNs in the secondary market. Factors that may influence the market value of the ETNs include prevailing market prices of the U.S. stock or U.S. Treasury markets, the index components included in the underlying index, and prevailing market prices of options on such index or any other financial instruments related to such index; and supply and demand for the ETNs, including economic, financial, political, regulatory, geographical or judicial events that affect the level of such index or other financial instruments related to such index.

A Trading Market for the ETNs May Not Develop: Although we have applied to list the ETNs on NASDAQ, we cannot guarantee that such application will be approved, and a trading market for the ETNs may not exist at any time. Even if there is a secondary market for the ETNs, , whether as a result of any listing of the ETNs or on an over-the-counter basis, it may not provide enough liquidity for you to trade or sell your ETNs easily, as we are not required to maintain any listing of the ETNs.

No Interest Payments from the ETNs: You will not receive any periodic interest payments on your ETNs.

Restrictions on the Minimum Number of ETNs and Date Restrictions for Redemptions: You must redeem at least 20,000 ETNs at one time in order to exercise your right to redeem your ETNs on any redemption date. If you hold fewer than 20,000 ETNs or fewer than 20,000 ETNs are outstanding, you will not be able to exercise your right to redeem your ETNs. 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 pricing supplement.

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 toll-free 1-877-764-7284, 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.

Barclays Capital Inc. and its affiliates, do not provide tax advice, and nothing contained herein should be construed to be tax advice. Please be advised that any discussion of U.S. tax matters contained herein (including any attachments): (i) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by you for the purpose of avoiding U.S. tax-related penalties, and (ii) was written to support the promotion of marketing of the transactions or other matters addressed herein. Accordingly, you should seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

The Barclays Inverse US Treasury Futures Composite Index™ is a trademark of Barclays Bank PLC.

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