Structured Products Americas Awards 2012
Nasdaq’s new commodity index family aims to offer broadest exposure to the asset class and comes in five different roll versions
Europe's inflation investors sharpen their focus
Commodity exchange-traded products see biggest quarterly rise in inflows in almost two years, driven not only by gold but also a wider range of commodities
The appeal for soft protection and ways to boost the upside remains strong in the Nordic region, with more banks issuing or listing products, including bull-and-bear certificates with a leverage of five for the first time in Sweden
Midwood's wider palette
The need for better returns in a low-yield market environment is encouraging Asian investors to take a closer look at alternative investment strategies and the use of volatility as a hedging tool, with banks launching more enhanced, dynamic strategies...
New rules on liquidity provider quotation thresholds see spreads widen and equity-linked warrants turnover plummet by more than 90%, leading investors to look offshore
Macquarie is extending its existing commodity sales and trading platform with the launch of a commodity investor products business, which will be led by ex-Goldman Sachs global head of commodities
With continued tension in the Middle East putting upward pressure on oil prices, commodity exchange-traded products have seen strong inflows so far in 2012, led by energy and precious metals
Lyxor has launched a new range of commodity exchange-traded funds on the London Stock Exchange, offering investors broadly diversified commodity exposure through a combination of four strategies
The next step
Seeking performance while at the same time increasingly needing to control risk makes smart beta thematic index approaches such as low volatility, minimum variance and risk-weighted strategies increasingly appealing to institutional investors allocating...
Investments in commodities are expected to increase in 2012 after dipping last year, with crude oil, gold and copper tipped as best performers, according to a Barclays Capital survey
Fiscal and regulatory reforms announced by the new Spanish government have led market participants to rethink wrappers and product maturities, with growth and fund-linked products likely to benefit
Susan Chan and Neha Bakshi take over structured products structuring and sales at Deutsche Bank in Asia following Chris Lee's departure
Retail investors in Hong Kong are favouring equity-linked investments on the back of more stringent regulatory requirements for structured products. At the same time, the appetite for foreign exchange-linked products – most of which escape the new rules...
The Swiss connection
The low rates challenge
Macquarie is considering shutting its structured products and exotics business in Europe as a result of unfavourable market conditions. The alarm bells were sounded were last December, when Todd Steinberg, global head of structured products left the bank
The ban on distribution fees being considered in Sweden could "substantially" affect the country’s retail structured products market, warn market participants
Under a watchful eye