Emerging from the shadows

Country profile: Switzerland

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For some people, the traditional, staid image of Switzerland is its main selling point. But high-net-worth clients at many Swiss private banks have had the opportunity to use structured products for 15 years now, and they are becoming an increasingly important part of many portfolios.

The market started with reverse convertibles – debt with an embedded option to transfer it into equity at a specified date – and warrants in the 1990s, and although such products were popular in Japan and elsew

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