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Barclays Capital has launched an index that provides investors with exposure to emerging markets with political stability and good long-term prospects
US issuance shifts from domestic to international equities, while the participation rate for the latest Goldman Sachs offering hits three times the returns of the MSCI EAFE Index.
While US equities continue to dominate the issuance, products have diversified into small and mid-cap indexes.
US equities were the major theme in index-linked issuance at the end of last week, although diversification away from the S&P 500 was on offer from some providers.
Small-cap emerging markets stocks have outperformed large- and mid-cap stocks by significant margins in recent years, according to Standard & Poor's.
Royal Bank of Scotland is offering US investors a return even if the S&P 500 index falls by 20%, with the income coupons either at 1% or 8%, and the return of capital dependent on the year-to-year change of the index over the five-year term
In response to industry fears of a collateral crunch, regulators have revised the proposed rules on margining for uncleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.You can find out more by downloading this white paper here.
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