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Scott Thompson, ETF Securities
From Asset Allocation / ETFs February 25, 2010

Heading in the right direction?

Exchange traded funds continue to prove incredibly popular, writes Elisa Trovato, but as the evolution in this space brings the possibility of more complex products, are these developments really in clients’ interest?

Ferdinand Haas, DWS Investments
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 7, 2010

Guaranteed to protect and serve

Capital guaranteed products appeal to both high net worth and retail investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but it is vital that the client knows just how the funds work and the issues they are likely to encounter

Nicolas Gaumont-Prat, TFS Structured Products
From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 9, 2009

Backlash against hedge fund-linked structured products

Clients concerned with liquidity and transparency are shying away from structured products based on hedge funds, reports Ceri Jones, while a desire to particpate in rising markets has led to a resurgence in equity linked structures

Chris Taylor, Blue Sky Asset Management
From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 9, 2009

Time to think, talk and walk like an investment industry

Following the regulatory review of the structured product industry in the UK, the collective responsibility of providers and advisers must now be focusing on a client-centric and portfolio-driven approach to using structured investments, writes Chris Taylor

Matt Christensen, Eurosif
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management November 1, 2009

Downturn boosts investors’ faith in SRI products

The European SRI market remains dominated by institutional investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but interest among private investors is growing as the fallout from the financial crisis leads people to consider investing in a more responsible way

Jane Balen, Barclays Capital
From Asset Allocation / Structured products November 1, 2009

Transparency top of investors' wish lists

Clients are still interested in algorithmically constructed indices that enable them to access hard to reach assets, writes Ceri Jones, but they want to know what they are buying

Rasik Ahuja, EFG Private Bank
From Asset Allocation / Structured products October 1, 2009

Appetites return but tastes have changed

Investors’ appetite for risk is returning as they look to take advantage of rises in global stock markets, and they are turning to simple structured products as a way to gain exposure, writes Ceri Jones

From Asset Allocation / Equity September 14, 2009

Niche areas that offer significant potential

Emerging markets could well prove to be the engine of global growth in coming years, and the asset class is full of possibilities for investors. Joanna Terret, product investment specialist, GEM at SWIP, takes a look at some of the opportunities on offer

Marc El Asmar, Société Générale
From Asset Allocation / Structured products September 14, 2009

Simplicity the order of the day

Investors are showing a renewed interest in structured solutions, but are now looking for simpler and more transparent products with shorter maturities than they would have gone for in the past, writes Elliot Smither

Kemal Bagci, DWS

Counterparty risk now firmly on the agenda

Many investors in structured products used to pay little attention to the risk of the underlying issuer, but the collapse of Lehman Brothers has led to an increased focus on counterparty credit quality

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