Volatility products within family office portfolio: keep it simple or minimise risk in other ways?

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Portfolio diversification is key, say panellists

Volatility plays executed with caution can be useful in a portfolio, although a well-diversified portfolio could achieve similar risk management objectives, according to speakers at the Demystifying Structured Products panel session held in London on November 7.

Using volatility-linked investments, such as structured products that involve derivatives, is "very tactical hedging", said Philippe Rouault, partner at ResFamiliaris in London. "The best way [to hedge downside risk] is to use asset allo

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