FSA questions the value of guaranteed products


The UK's Financial Services Authority released its Financial Risk Outlook report last month which singled out "guaranteed" structured products as financial instruments that posed particular valuation risks to consumers.

According to the report, the real costs and benefits of structured products with "guarantees" can be difficult to establish. Such products are often backed by riskier assets or offer more than 100% participation in an index like the FTSE. But in these cases guarantees are made in

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