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Christopher Taylor, Blue Sky Asset Management Limited

À la carte fine dining or ‘Big Macs’?

Christopher Taylor explains the need to differentiate between ‘structured products’, which can just be sales and marketing driven, and ‘structured investments’, developed by research-backed investment thinking

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Providing safety and simplicity

Investors burned by the collapse of Lehman Brothers are shying away from exotic structures and looking for less complicated products and greater transparency. But they also know that the highly volatile markets mean that there are big opportunities to be found, writes Nat Mankelow

Demystifying structured products

In these turbulent markets, investors and financial advisers are demanding more information on their investments. With the spotlight turned on structured market-linked investment products that are sold to retail investors, Lauren Ash, Global Head of Structured Products Marketing at Citi, addresses some key questions about how these investments work

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Taking advantage of difficult markets

Mass affluent and retail investors tend to take a wait and see approach to market turbulence, but there are opportunities for the more sophisticated private clients. Nat Mankelow reports on the structured products that aim to take advantage of turbulent conditions to increase market share

Synthetic solutions still rule

Whether it is down to a lack of imagination or of distribution power on the side of fund houses, actively managed products are being sidelined in many parts of Europe in favour of synthetically produced investment banking products. Elisa Trovato speaks to some of the more innovative and successful providers

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