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Matt Christensen, Eurosif

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

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

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

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

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

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