Regulatory wrangling

Structured products

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Hong Kong's once-buoyant structured product market lies in tatters. Retail investments that in 2007 sold in volumes in excess of $1 billion a day are now at a standstill. That's in part due to investors shying away from all investment products after being burnt by leveraged instruments such as accumulators. But it is also down to a backlash following the sale of credit linked-notes called 'minibonds' to investors that took on inappropriate risks that that were not clearly explained (see Asia Ris

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