Delivery of capital-guaranteed products pays off
Underlyings' liquidity aids issuers in pricing and hedging
Generali sets trend with innovative rebalancing mechanism
Morabanc extends its safety net
As insurers look for ways to offer long-term guarantees to customers despite the challenging investment environment, some are turning to volatility control mechanisms to reduce the cost of hedging the guarantees. Louie Woodall examines how these mechanisms...
Best in the Nordic region
Lof out loud
One step forwards, three steps back
The encroachment of Solvency II
Pick ‘n’ mixto
New risk-based capital rules for insurers could help demand for products with principal protection, say bankers
A mature performance
The 50% barrier in the Investec Capital Protected FTSE 100 Income Plan 1 has remained in place since the launch of the product last year. Those opting for monthly or quarterly payments will have received their coupons, and the same looks likely for those...
Structured product manufacturers have targeted the insurance sector as a potentially important new distribution channel following the collapse in volumes of products sold through retail banks in the region. Ben Marquand finds out if they are gaining traction
The global financial crisis could easily have sounded the death knell for India’s nascent structured products market. But as the country’s equity markets have resumed their upward trend, dealers say equity-linked structures are catching on fast.
Market dynamics and the chequered history of structured investments in South Africa have recently favoured vanilla products featuring capital protection. But some local issuers are gaining traction with more sophisticated offerings. John Ferry reports
Newcastle Building Society has been gradually building up its structured deposit business, including the launch of a new intermediary services arm in 2008. With the FTSE 100 index climbing and deposits backed by the government, the society is right to...
The volume of structured products has declined dramatically over the past 12 months. With equity prices collapsing, some of those that are still investing are focusing on capital-guaranteed, income-generating structures. But do these products represent...
Structured products have been largely shunned since the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September, but low returns in other asset classes may prompt institutional investors to return to the sector in the year ahead. By Peter Madigan
Investment bank Merrill Lynch has finally joined the flock of institutions battling for Hong Kong’s retail investors, with the launch of its first publicly offered capital guaranteed fund, with more issues planned in the coming months.