27 Dec '11, 2am

The Shadow Market ends up in retail investments

Complicated but largely unregulated derivatives like mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Credit Default Swaps etc had found its way to ordinary investments such as unit trusts. I recalled in 2008, even money market funds had MBS inside it. Because Investments-linked policies (ILPs) basically invest in underlying unit trusts, even ILPs can be considered complicated. To make things worse, the plain vanilla and simple to understand Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become complex because a very large number of ETFs these days are synthetic (swap based) with no real underlying securities.

Full article: http://thefinance.sg/2011/12/27/the-shadow-market-ends-up...

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