Downturn in markets leaves Swiss investors hungry for leveraged structured products, says Scoach

Structured products back on the menu in Switzerland

Figures released by structured products exchange Scoach this month signal a surge in the volumes of puts and mini-futures sold to Swiss investors, spurred by the sharp downturn in markets after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Any sharp downturn makes investors want to sell their positions and invest in hedging strategies," says André Buck, head of sales and marketing at Scoach in Zurich. "There was lots of trading going on, and that has definitely helped in reaching this high level of turn