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The Royal Bank of Scotland is offering three versions of the same five-and-a-half year structured product, allowing investors to pick a view on the future of the FTSE 100 Index. The choice is low, medium and high expectations, with a risk on the credit...
UniCredit has issued a three-and-a-half year structured product to German investors offering a capped return that is based on Euribor, the European interbank lending rate. Capital is protected and the variable income is above the risk-free rate
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This paper discusses a number of diverse considerations that risk managers need to incorporate into their thought processes and recurring procedures if they are to fulfill their role more effectively in the future
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