Disintermediation threat on the up, distributors say

Increasingly investment banks are looking to distribute derivatives-based investments themselves, thereby cutting out the retail distributor. Competitive pressures have already caused investment banks to work with low margins and the idea of trying to distribute products themselves comes in response to this.

“What’s more, thanks to the EU Prospectus Directive, investment banks can now passport offerings from one country to another, thereby benefiting from economies of scale,” said one UK retail

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