Italy’s new structured products landscape

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Providers have had to adapt to Italy's gloomy markets

Never mind recovery, the talk among Italy’s structured product issuers after Lehman Brothers collapsed was whether the sector would survive at all. Regulators, already harbouring a reputation for toughness, looked to clamp down hard on derivatives-based investments, while Italy’s conservative retail investors faced a massive counterparty risk wake-up call. And of course the reputation of bank-provided structured investments in general took a big credibility hit. If retail investors had not been

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