Structured fund investors in Japan shift from currency to alternatives

Broken currency play to give way to alternatives

Japanese investors are shifting towards alternative strategies as well as continuing to unwind positions they had in structured funds. These funds were frequently invested in high-yielding currencies such as the Brazilian real and the Australian dollar, which was fine during the past year, but then August came, and the Japanese yen surged in value.

"Many distributors were invested in emerging markets currency overlay funds based on high-yield income assets before the European sovereign crisis

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