Structuring with caution



When financial markets are volatile, structured products offering capital protection rise in popularity as retail investors become increasingly cautious. At the end of 2008, the UK market was worth around £9 billion, compared with £7.5 billion at the end of 2007. The increase in issuance in the UK is widely expected to continue throughout this year, as the economic downturn is causing a shift in investor sentiment. "In this market, return of capital is more important than return on capital," say

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