FSA to open securitised derivatives to retail sector

The UK's financial watchdog, Financial Services Authority (FSA), plans to allow retail investors to invest directly in securitised derivatives for the first time by initiating a flexible listing regime.

The proposals, which will be relevant to issuers of listed securities and derivatives, have been released in a consultation paper, ‘Proposed Listing and Conduct of Business Rules for Securitised Derivatives’, after discussions with market participants and international regulators.

The idea to list retail covered warrants was first raised by the FSA in January this year. The new proposals offer a wider and more flexible regime that includes other types of derivatives. The paper details the

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