SocGen offers won-hedged indexes for Korean autocall clients

Local currency benchmarks cut FX hedging costs for clients and boost yields, bank says

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Korean retail structured-product dealers have always faced a currency risk problem: the products are denominated in the won, but are linked to baskets of offshore indexes that settle in a range of currencies. Societe Generale (SG) believes it has found a way to sidestep this risk and possibly boost yields, in a bid to tempt back investors left jittery about recent stock market falls.

The French bank, in partnership with three index administrators, launched won-denominated versions of the three

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