Closer regulatory links needed, says US structured products industry

An overwhelming majority of members of the US structured products industry are calling for closer links with regulators in the wake of the financial crisis, a survey by the US Structured Products Association (SPA) has shown. The survey, which was conducted throughout the last fortnight, saw 82% of the 114 participants call for enhanced relationships with regulators in the future.

Other regulatory initiatives also proved to be popular as means of contributing to the progress of the industry. Nearly 70% of those surveyed were in favour of a single Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) approved standardized disclosure and educational document, which would cover the industry. Half of all respondents were in favour of establishing a centralized clearing house, which would guarantee the payoff of structured products and ETNs regardless of issuer credit.


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