US Wrap: Morgan Stanley offers Asian ETF exposure

The US market has adopted a new twist, and it is nothing to do with reverse convertibles. Morgan Stanley has launched a new product linked to the performance of Asian exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The product incorporates exposure to four Asian regions: Taiwan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong. Investors will participate 300% in the equally weighted basket of iShares ETFs over one year, up to a cap of 28.5%.

The unusual market activity has also seen two principal protected notes (PPNs) launched, a rare occurrence this year as pricing has been unattractive on guaranteed products. Both Bank of America and Morgan Stanley launched PPNs linked to the S&P 500, each with an upside cap and 100% participation in the index. Only one reverse convertible was issued by Citi into the market, linked to the stock of Yahoo.

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