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Rasik Ahuja, EFG Private Bank
From Asset Allocation / Structured products September 30, 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 13, 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 13, 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

Taking control of counterparty risk

Responsible innovation in the structured products market can give more choice to investors, writes Giuseppe di Stani, allowing them to decide on the levels of risk they wish to take on

Effectively managing the unimaginable

Risk management need not mean elaborate and expensive control programmes, explains Carl Hanssens, but it must start with open and honest dialogue between upper and line management

Sulaiman Moolla, HSBC Amanah

The journey towards absolute return

As global market volatility reaches extreme levels and most asset classes suffer heavy losses, bankers are engaged in the arduous work of finding Sharia-compliant ways to offer companies and investors some protection, writes Philip Alexander

Ted Hood, Source

Private banks embrace ETFs in fund products

Disappointment with the performance of active funds, along with the lower fees charged by passive investments have seen ETFs become a vehicle of choice for many private clients, writes Ceri Jones

From Asset Allocation / Thematic Investing April 30, 2009

Keeping an eye on the future

Investors looking to benefit from global developments can access an expanding range of themes, in either multi- or single-themed approaches. But both are a long-term investment, writes Elisa Trovato

Neil Dwane, RCM
From Asset Allocation / Thematic Investing April 30, 2009

Megatrends unstoppable in driving global changes

Neil Dwane, CIO Europe of RCM, the equity managers of Allianz Global Investors, outlines the six global investment themes he believes are reshaping our world

Historically, German real estate has seen overheated markets and over-supply, but we are far from such scenarios today, according to Consus, a firm keen to manage costs and embrace latest construction technologies.

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