Low volatility favours accelerated plans

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Investors see plans mature and providers offering good payoffs

Are UK investors becoming more comfortable with risk? Structured products launched in the UK during the past two weeks have featured less capital protection and a slight shift away from the FTSE 100 index as the favoured underlying. Emerging markets remain in demand, with Barclays Wealth launching a new version of its Emerging Markets Optimiser (EMO). The six-year investment is linked to the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets, an exchange-traded fund that provides exposure to 21 emerging markets.