Market snapshot

Market Analysis

Turbulent market conditions continued into November 2007. Although the fixed-income markets had the confidence to post falls in interest rates (by as much as 40 basis points in the five-year rate), equity volatility nudged higher. The combined effect of this was to knock between 7% and 10% off participation rates for the guaranteed structures shown below. The SPX 500 and DJ Eurostoxx 50 in particular now show extremely low participation levels - to the extent which such products have long since

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