Unlocking the future

Capital-protected products have the advantage of allowing investors a preview of the level of risk and potential returns achieved by their chosen product, explains Kleinwort Benson Private Bank's Jeremy Beckwith

The market for capital-protected products has expanded significantly in recent times in response to investors becoming more risk averse during the bear market - the result of seeing significant losses to their equity investments during that time.

This even resulted in some high-profile pension funds making asset-allocation moves to fixed income investments, and created demand for a new breed of product that could provide capital protection.

There has also been a much higher degree of competition

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