Regulators’ financial engineering challenge

Italy’s regulators are facing some difficult challenges as a result of retail banking and insurance companies’ increasing use of structured products. By Marcello Minenna

Italian banking and insurance companies have shown an increasing interest in the securities market in the past five years, spawning significant financial innovation in the retail market. But the new products are throwing up some challenging regulatory issues.

The engineering of structured products must therefore be carefully analysed, given their relevance in the Italian market. Under particular scrutiny are issues concerning fair disclosure of risk and the intermediaries’ compliance with the

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