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  1. Poor liquidity stalls long-dated Thai derivatives market

    This will help investors rebalance their portfolios, since they can tap into a more sizeable transaction by switching to bonds through an auction rather than going to the secondary market and buying them piece-by-piece as the price is moving away...

  2. UKSPA launches structured product classification system

    Information on how income is calculated over the product's term and an investor profile outlining the kind of investor each product type is most suited to is also included. The main variables identified by the trade body's guidelines are whether a...

  3. HVB wins with placements and self-directed products

    We are getting a good response from retail investors, as we help them take a capped participation in equities or fund underlyings that is paid out as a coupon with 90% or 95% capital protection," says Juliane Bürger, head of private investor...

  4. Investec digital note offers choice of counterparty

    Each version will appeal to a different type of investor, though both have the same defensive digital payout. An annual compounded rate of 11.77% for those who chose the Investec option would be attractive to an ambitious investor.

  5. Hedge funds forced to innovate against ETF invasion

    So while the value of hedge fund investing remains clear and investor demand is unlikely to ebb anytime soon, the industry and investors should take note of the problems being solved by the innovative passive solutions being brought to market...

  6. Luxembourg aims for domination of hedge fund Ucits

    One reason is alleged investor demand coupled with what is seen as a way to try and escape the eventual restrictions of the draft alternative investment fund managers (AIFM) directive, whatever they are.Some within the industry have doubts...

  7. The dangers of a more liquid gold market

    For some, gold is the last refuge of the risk-averse investor: the Greek debt crisis has undermined confidence in European sovereign bonds, and volatile foreign exchange markets make even US Treasury notes less attractive to non-US investors.

  8. Conservatism still reigns in wake of crisis

    Many payoffs that were feasible in 2007 aren’t quoted by investment banks anymore because they incurred losses on unhegdeable second-order risks.An attractive payoff is a key driver for investor interest in structured products, especially in the...

  9. Simple strategies are the best

    That poor 10 years for conventional equity investment in the US, UK, Japan and the EU has shaken investor confidence. But the only guide is the past and that is an imperfect guide, particularly as our understanding of the past changes as future...

  10. Digging into due diligence

    It validates the existence and professionalism of a fund management company or FoHF and also enables investors to establish a personal relationship with a fund manager.Stress testHowever diligent the work done by an investor prior to investing...

  11. Rays of hope

    While dividends and franking credits will help reduce the after-tax cost, the investor is still left with a substantial capital cost and, therefore, breakeven point for the investment,” says Suzanne Salter, head of structured investments at the...

  12. Avoiding dividend meltdown

    However, some dealers are looking to develop products based on total return underlyings, yet which provide the investor with additional upside potential. But the hope is the fund is successful and a new investor base of natural buyers develops who...