The stock market has a global market value of USD 67.5 Trillionen (as of 2014) and due to the immensely high number of shares, it is important in our view to apply a systematic stock screening approach for generating Structured Product ideas.
In the bond market, in addition to conventional fixed rate bonds certain views on interest rates and credit can be best expressed with floaters, such as floating rate notes whose coupon is usually based on a reference rate, or credit linked notes in which the coupon is dependent on the creditworthiness of each company measured by Credit default swap.
The foreign exchange market represents the world's largest and most liquid asset class. The foreign exchange market can be traded 24 hours and especially for most currencies (especially G10) there is always market interest available. Thanks to the highly automated markets spreads are very tight and the investor benefits from a high degree of flexibility.
One of the main benefits of commodities is that they are negatively correlated with financial assets and the value of the US dollar as most commodities are internationally denominated in USD and therefore commodities as a powerful portfolio diversifier. Additionally, commodities are positively correlated with inflation.