Maintaining consistency


Throughout the past few years, retail investors in Hong Kong have been ploughing cash into coupon-boosting credit-linked notes linked to single-name credit default swaps (CDSs), CDS indexes and first-to-default baskets. The number of credit-linked notes sold to the mass retail market by initial public offering in Hong Kong rocketed from 29 in 2005 to 62 in 2006, according to figures released in September by Hong Kong's financial watchdog the Securities & Futures Commission. However, total is

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