Structured Products - 2008-11-01

Follow the bear

Merrill Lynch has launched an 18-month bear market review note linked to the Dow Jones US Real Estate Index offering a premium of 14.8% and a potential early return as well as a known underlying

Income and inflation cover

Investec is offering a five-year income product linked to the FTSE 100 with coupons linked to inflation. Capital is not protected at maturity if the 50% barrier is breached at any time during the life of the product

A copy of carbon

Sterling Waterford is providing a four-year carbon credit note in South Africa for which capital is protected at maturity, although illiquid assets may make the product hard to value at the end of the term

Market snapshot

Tim Mortimer of Future Value Consultants looks at the pricing issues for structured products in different markets and provides his trade of the month

Greater China plus Singapore

JP Morgan is offering Asia confidence notes in Singapore and US dollars in the form of a two-and-a-half year product that links into four equity indexes, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan

Mittel European Reflections

Central and eastern Europe is a huge potential market for structured products and exchange-traded funds. Structured Products' first conference in the region explored commodities, foreign exchange and diverse underlyings, but the most pressing issue was…

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