Equity Derivatives

Headline: Neglected investement pool

Link: http://businessnews.howzit.msn.com/neglected-investment-tool

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Retail investors have @ embraced equity warrants, single-stock futures and contracts for difference as key elements in their trading and hedging strategies. But largely absent in their derivatives armoury are equity options, a serious shortcoming that Standard Bank, the JSE and other industry players are starting to address.

"We launched our first product, covered [share] calls, in the fourth quarter of last year," says Brett Duncan, Standard Bank's director of retail derivatives. "We are seeing significant interest and already have about 500 active accounts."

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