US: Gold popular but volatile underlying

June 25, 2010

The latest US issuance is much larger than usual, although, as with a lot of the US offering, reverse convertibles issued by Barclays make up the majority of the products issued. A good portion of these are based on gold, which continues to be an attractive sector.

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Structured Product’s Market focuses on US equities

June 11, 2010

There is a focus on the US indexes emerging in the offerings this week, with the latest including several products that use the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as an underlying. This trend comes as the dollar is strengthening and there is uncertainty about some of the emerging markets economies.

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World Cup infects structured products

May 28, 2010

How much can investors earn if their national football teams perform well at the Fifa Football World Cup? Buy a structured product based on the fortunes of your favourite team and find out, some experts advise.

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Investors turn to structured funds

May 28, 2010

Funds are growing in popularity across the globe as investors who are still wary following the financial crisis look for transparent and liquid investment vehicles. The increase in fund investments was verified for the UK market this month by data from Barclays’ stockbrokers. Recent months have seen renewed investor confidence in funds and April saw the highest funds trading on record.

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