The Pimco component

Asset manager Pimco opted to take an unusual path when it set out to cash in on the structured products boom. But its esoteric approach broke new ground, and now it's paying off handsomely. By John Ferry

The role of big-name asset managers in the booming structured products market has yet to be finalised. Is their role to be pure buyers of products, or should they also be getting involved in the structuring and issuing side of the business? Are they in competition with the investment banks in the structured products area, or are they purely clients of the big dealing houses?

The structured products business as a whole is still in its infancy, so no strict answers to these questions have emerged

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