Thai structured product market hampered by regulatory barriers

With an equity market double the size of Singapore's and a rapidly expanding middle class the fundamentals for the Thai structured product market look positive – but volumes have not kept pace with potential demand in part due to regulatory obstacles

Barrier to growth: local laws hindering Thai structured product market

On April 30 the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) celebrated its fortieth anniversary but in the 1960s its ill-fated predecessor the Bangkok Stock Exchange (BSE) saw declining volumes leading to its wind-up after just 10 years in business. According to the SET website, "it is generally accepted that the BSE failed to succeed because of a lack of official government support and a limited investor understanding of the equity market."

The structured products market in Thailand may be in danger of a

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