HSBC continues guaranteed fund game

Asset managers in Hong Kong are still appealing to novice investors with guaranteed mutual funds.

HSBC Asset Management is launching its first capital-guaranteed mutual fund of 2003 in a sign that interest among retail investors in Hong Kong is still focused on ultra-conservative products that will eke out a better return than bank deposits.

Sally Wong, executive director at the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, says guaranteed funds dominated 2002, comprising of 60% of new fund sales, but not as absolutely as in 2001 when guaranteed funds made up 90% of sales. Fixed-income...

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