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On Path-Dependent Structured Funds: Complexity Does Not Always Pay (Asian versus Average Performance Funds)

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  • Philippe Bertrand
  • Jean-Luc Prigent

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As emphasized by the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and the European MiFID directive, financial institutions are required to ?categorise their clients and assess their suitability for each type of investment product.? In this framework, this paper examines several standard financial structured products whose performances are based on smoothing the return of an underlying risky asset and providing a guarantee at maturity. We use various criteria such as probabilities of providing merely the guarantee at maturity and Kappa measures. Surprisingly, our study reveals that funds based on averages of calls generally do better than Asian funds.

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  • Philippe Bertrand & Jean-Luc Prigent, 2015. "On Path-Dependent Structured Funds: Complexity Does Not Always Pay (Asian versus Average Performance Funds)," Finance, Presses universitaires de Grenoble, vol. 36(2), pages 67-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:finpug:fina_362_0067
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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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