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James Bevan, CCLA
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

Is it time for a fresh start?

They may have recieved a bad press recently but some believe that structured products have been unfairly lumped in with other failing investment vehicles and that they can still offer solutions to complex problems, writes Nat Mankelow

Emmanuel Naïm
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

Staying in tune with clients’ requirements

Emmanuel Naïm explains how innovation need not mean complexity, and how a number of simple structured products are designed to cater to clients’ needs, protecting their capital while taking advantage of any recovery in the equity markets

Christopher Taylor, Blue Sky Asset Management Limited
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

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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From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 1, 2008

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

From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 1, 2008

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

Ravi Bulchandani, Barclays Wealth
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

An alternative route to absolute returns

Recent market turbulence has seen clients increasing their allocation to alternative investments, particularly in sophisticated markets. But some investors still perceive them as a risky allocation, writes Elisa Trovato

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Seeking additional returns in a difficult environment

Multi-asset structured products are a one-stop shop for investors to capture their investment views and diversification needs, making them an appealing investment proposition. These products can be structured to give either direct exposure to the underlying assets or indirect exposure through actively managed underlyings such as funds, write Julie Wan and Federico De Palma

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Private Equity: Alive and Kicking!

Despite the collapse of mega deals and slowing activity, private equity fund raising is in a healthy state and the asset class can provide premium returns over the longer term, writes Marwan Naja

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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

From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2008

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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