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The collapse of Bear Stearns has sent shockwaves throughout the entire financial community. Structured products have not been immune to the effects of the bank's downfall. In the past, simply the words 'capital guarantee' would have been enough to reassure investors that their money was protected. Now, amid a climate of sliding credit ratings, investors are questioning just how safe their money is with an issuer, capital guaranteed or not. While there is as yet no precedent for the loss of funds

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