Hedge fund thinks ETFs, Solvency II and capital ratios distort volatility markets
Lack of liquid options on European mid-cap benchmarks leaves investors stuck with the blue chips
Firm praised for transparent approach to index construction and pioneering partnerships with exchanges
Potential for early kick-out on Russell 2000 and iShares Emerging Markets ETF
Indexes fail to recover in time to trigger kickout and additional returns
UK regulator checks 'independent' status of IFAs
In the face of multi-billion-dollar outflows from emerging markets-based exchange-traded funds, structured product providers say this is merely the departure of 'hot money' rather than a new trend. Jonathan López reports
Price inefficiency and stock-loan rates of leveraged ETFs
Returns in both directions
Counting on experience
Structured Investment Group's first product is a six-year growth plan based on a basket of four indexes with Morgan Stanley as counterparty
The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) has allowed MSCI to create and issue Saudi Arabian domestic equity market indexes
Leveraged return notes and reverse convertibles remain popular in the latest US public issuance, but HSBC is offering a digital structure with a long tenor and products linked to financials
Index providers and fund managers who have tended to focus on performance are seeing demand from investors for strategy indexes that focus on risk
China leads the way as UK structured product providers try new underlyings
Emerging markets: braced for the end of the party?
Institutional investors, pension funds and other organisations are increasingly moving away from segregated and domestic investing, according to MSCI.
More upside, please
Despite a near-impossible pricing environment, issuers continue to offer investors returns on FTSE 100-based products, with a few surprise exotics.