Out of proportion

Volatile markets have reignited the debate about the validity of constant proportion portfolio insurance, leaving investors cashed-out and locked in. Structurers are coming up with new ways to tackle the structure's weaknesses, but could bond and option-based products be a better choice? Sophia Morrell reports


Constant proportion portfolio insurance (CPPI) remains an unresolved schism in the structured products world. Structurers and distributors still disagree about whether the products are appropriate for retail investment, and stack up their various merits and disadvantages against the more commonplace bond and call-option product architecture.

CPPI structures are built around a dynamic asset allocation model that switches between risky and non-risky assets to protect investors' capital when the

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