Oil-linked structured products: investors take the plunge

Oil-linked structured products and ETFs have seen a surge in popularity following crude’s sudden drop in price and a consequent spike in volatility

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Oil-linked structures back in vogue

Betting on the direction of oil prices has never been for the faint-hearted. But the collapse in the price of crude in recent weeks to levels not seen since the depths of the financial crisis has prompted some investors to steel their nerves and plough back into the market. Many have turned to oil-linked structured products in search of superior yields.

Both the main crude benchmarks – West Texas Intermediate and the North Sea's Brent – have dropped more 50% in price since June 2014 highs of

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