Contracts for difference continue to nip at the heels of the leveraged structured products market in Germany, helped in part by having escaped the attention of regulators. But given their risky reputation...
The Stuttgart and Frankfurt exchanges are benefiting from an uptick in the amount of structured products traded in Germany, helped by the recent spurt of market volatility. Michael Marray reports
The computational requirements of Solvency II are driving the need for more computing power and data storage accessible on a scalable basis. Early adopters are leveraging cloud computing for their Solvency II implementation. Others are taking a more cautious approach, waiting for the industry to address key concerns such as security before they to embrace computing.
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While North American equity ETFs have had big inflows since the start of the year, those based on European equities have had huge outflows
Transparency and simplicity remain a key theme for structured product providers in Germany and Switzerland, where even high-net-worth-individual accounts at private banks want simple payouts and low counterparty risk. By Michael Marray
Société Générale's product is likely to be used by those who have lost out on spread betting or equity investors wanting to boost returns.
RBS has launched a series of certificates that offer investors in Germany exposure to precious metals and the Dax at a discounted price
Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a set of 10 leveraged and short ETFs that are rebalanced monthly rather than daily. It has also listed ETFs on euro hedged versions of the S&P 500 and Japanese Topix indexes.
In response to industry fears of a collateral crunch, regulators have revised the proposed rules on margining for uncleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.You can find out more by downloading this white paper here.