Risk is back on the agenda as credit fears ease

It was not so long ago that fear was the prevailing motivation for the actions of structured products distributors and investors.

Richard Jory

Give any mathematician a blank piece of paper and ask him to construct an investment and he will attempt to conjure up two things: some familiarity or safety; and a fancy return, or at least a return that outstrips either a bank deposit, a government bond or something his forefathers relied on, which may be a mutual trust.

Once you mash these two ideas together, you have, in all of its glory, a structured product, an investment that offers a comfort blanket with a hint of excitement.

The good

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