RBS tests themed structures in Asia amid scepticism

Matthew Wong, RBS: banks are again issuing theme-based products.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is returning to a popular pre-crisis product, promoting a new series of theme-based structures to Asian investors. The move is drawing some scepticism from other structured product houses in Hong Kong, but bankers at RBS believe demand could be returning.

The bank’s new foray – the Gotham Enhanced Value Index – is based on a family of indexes the bank put together with well-known investor Joel Greenblatt, managing partner of US value-play hedge fund Gotham

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