In a different class

Some industry players are sparking debate by floating the idea that structured products deserve to be regarded as a distinct asset class in their own right. Robert Benson believes there is a way to go yet before that can be said with any conviction

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There has been a lot of discussion recently in the structured products industry, especially in the US, about the idea that structured products should be treated as a new asset class. Indeed, at the third annual StructuredRetailProducts.com conference in London earlier this month, several speakers, including myself, highlighted this growing trend.

The claim is that structured products provide return profiles that are distinct from other forms of investment and therefore the products have different

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