John Prestbo, Dow Jones Index Oversight Committee

Index providers

Q: Which indexes were most popular as underlyings for structured products in 2007 and will there be any difference this year?

A: Prior to 2007, structured products had tended to be based on the big benchmark indexes, but in 2007 there was a noticeable turn towards more narrowly focused and specialty indexes. For example, the sustainability theme picked up as an underlying, as did environmentally focused indexes, such as clean energy and water. Even specific country and regional indexes such as

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What gold's rise means for rates, equities

It has been several years since we have seen volatility in gold. An increase in gold volatility can typically be associated with a change in sentiment and investor behavior. The precious metal has surged this year on increased demand for safe haven…

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