Index-linked products and downside protection drive investor interest in Asia

Volatility fever

Volatility has hit sales of equity-linked structured products

The South Korean retail structured product market is characterised by a concentration of issuance and sales in capital-at-risk, equity-linked securities (ELS) featuring an autocallable structure in combination with a worst-of-option knock-in barrier. The market was worth an estimated $25 billion in 2010 and this year's sales have already surpassed 2010 totals, with an estimated $27 billion sold so far.

However the fall in global equity markets, including the Kospi 200 index, following the US sov

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