The renewed appeal of structured funds

Greater regulatory scrutiny, weak financial markets and counterparty risk fears on the part of investors have all contributed to structured funds enjoying a new lease of life as an investment that can tackle tougher requirements and market conditions to create new sources of performance. Sarah Nowakowska reports

Structured funds: flexible investments

In a market environment that has become regulatory heavy and hard to navigate, investment propositions that offer performance, market access and also liquidity and transparency with limited counterparty risk stand out. In contrast to structured products and notes, the scope for the fund industry has hardly looked brighter: structured funds are home to increased volumes of new business, while innovation in the exchange-traded fund side, in particular, is unrelenting.

"Investors are increasingly

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