Structuring with caution

Zurich

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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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