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Two years after taking blame for Wall Street's crisis, structured products are finding a place in RIA portfolios

A column that makes the case for a much-maligned investment vehicle

Author Joe Burris, Guest Columnist August 26, 2010 at 3:58 AM
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Joe Burris: Banks that create products oriented at RIAs report that this is the fastest-growing segment of their structured products business in the United States.

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Jeff Spears

Jeff Spears

August 26, 2010 — 2:25 PM

My experience as an advsior and as a business manager with structured products has not been a good one. The problems I’ve experienced are, large phantom income, illiquidity and very high imbedded structuring costs.
The derivatives/structured products groups at all firms remains the focal point because of their outsized profitability. Unfortunately it is a zero sum game.
Firms like Joe’s can be very helpful to protect you and your clients from the derivatives desks at large firms.

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