Clearing up the confusion


    It is rare to find a currently available product shrouded in such bewildering negativity as structured products. They have been branded ‘fiendishly complicated’ by some media outlets and carry with them a reputation for being a particularly dangerous investment. The current landscape for structured products, however, does not lend itself well to such disapproval.

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