Structured products: five steps to assess counterparty risk

May 19, 2010

Counterparty risk continues to feature highly in the minds of advisers and investors, especially in relation to structured products. Advisers need to be able to show they have followed a due diligence process that justifies the use of products backed by a particular bank.

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KID Roundtable

May 19, 2010

The European Union plans to introduce the Key Information Document, a shortform document that will make investing in structured products easier.

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Investors still find products appealing

May 19, 2010

Europe, home to the most developed market for structured retail products, is expected to stage a modest recovery in 2010, but sales will still not match the 2007 peak. The underlying securities markets remain volatile while regulators are taking a closer interest in industry practices.

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Structure your portfolio

April 28, 2010

If you’re still sceptical about an equity market recovery without an economic one, it’s easy to see the appeal of structural products. In a nutshell, you get exposure to the upside, but with a capital guarantee of some form in case markets fall out of bed.

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Structured funds to get go-ahead

April 9, 2010

Experts in the structured product space are predicting a convergence between the asset class and traditional long-only funds, leading to the growth of structured funds, rather than the vehicles being positioned separately.

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Guaranteed to Protect and Serve Revision

March 31, 2010

Structured products prove a profitable investment for retail and high net worth investors, but for this to be a reality it is important to keep in my mind that it is imperative the client understand the nature of the funds as well as potential problems.

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Principal protection holds its appeal

March 26, 2010

Principal-protected notes continue to have appeal, with most interest allied to emerging markets exposure. As a recent example, Barclays issued a principal-protected note based on the MSCI emerging markets index with a five-year product with 100% participation in any rise in the index and 100% capital protection at maturity.

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Where are we now on regulating structured products?

March 22, 2010

Structured products appear to be entering a period of organic and rapid evolution in how they are marketed, packaged, created and regulated. Corresponding legislation has not been consistent with the growth and development of structured products.

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