Monday, February 19, 2007

An honest investment banker

I met an honest investment banker during the Chinese New Year holiday. His colleagues in the firm design structured products to be sold to retail customers.

He strongly felt that it is not a suitable product for retail investors. The product was designed to make profit for the issuing bank. The customer is likely to get a poor return on the maturity of the product, quite likely to be less than bank deposit.

The customers are attracted to the capital guarantee, but they do not realise that they are giving up a lot of the potential gain.

He said that the issuing banks made million of dollars on these products, but they are at the expense of the retail customers.

He advised many of his personal friends not to invest in these products. It is better to invest in the stocks directly and take the investment risk. If not, they should just invest in bonds and get a fixed rate of interest.

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