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Structured products offered to the US market are becoming more diverse in terms of the assets they track, but a harsh structuring environment is causing providers to extend maturities.
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.
Real estate is gaining popularity as an underlying, with a handful of products tracking iShares Dow Jones Real Estate Index fund in recent issuances.
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.
While volumes have been healthy in the US market this week, maturity dates are being extended, but there is still innovation to be seen
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