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Asian Structured Products

Authors: Angel Wu and Clarke Pitts

Structured products constitutes a large industry and an important part of investment and capital market activity. Despite the substantial size of the business, little is known or said about structured products by industry professionals not directly involved. In this paper, the authors examine the nature of structured products, why they are used, and by whom. They consider the size of the industry and some of its most popular products in the context of Asian capital markets. Finally, the paper identifies a variety of risks for each of the parties involved: issuers, intermediaries, and investors.

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