US investors turning to capital-at-risk products, say banks

Banks are boosting issuance of leveraged notes linked to US equity indexes and notes that pay out when yield curves steepen


Principal-at-risk structured products are gaining popularity in the US as the stock market reaches record highs and interest rates remain at historic lows. Buffered notes linked to equity indexes such as the S&P 500 are in demand, say banks, as are steepener notes, which are linked to yield curves and pay out when interest rates on long-term bonds increase relative to short-term rates. The products can provide outsized returns, but investors stand to lose a portion of their investment if the

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