“Soft protection” is both deceptive and unnecessary, warn Irish distributors

"Soft protection" has strings attached on the upside and the downside, Irish distributors warn investors

The Irish structured products market is already in a state of flux, and terms used by structurers such as “soft protection” add no value to investors' risk-return portfolios, Irish distributors warn.

HSBC Private Bank is vehemently against the use of the term "soft protection" when selling capital-at-risk structures to clients. “It is both unnecessary and misleading to investors,” says Aidan Quinlan, director at HSBC Private Banking in Dublin. “When selling structured products to clients, our sa

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