Equity structured products 'flatline'



The freefall in regional equity markets in the first three weeks of January has caused the volume of equity structured products in Asia to plunge to levels not seen for several years.

The region's largest structured products market, Hong Kong, saw its benchmark Hang Seng Index fall by 21.8% from a close of 27,812 points on December 31 to 21,757 points on January 22. In the same period, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index plunged by 17.8% to 12,573 points, Singapore's Straits Times Index by 12.4% to 3,050 po

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