Range accrual products on the up


With returns from the stock market remaining flat during the past year, and analysts predicting similar performance for 2005, product providers have begun the year by issuing a swathe of range accrual offerings.

The volatility of the FTSE 100 increased from 22% at the beginning of 2002 to a high of 31.5% in June 2003, before falling to a current low of 10.4%. During 2004 as a whole, the volatility amounted to only 11%, and this downward trend has prompted many issuers to use range accrual st

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