Structured Products Europe: Simple still works

The demand for simplicity, transparency, or for both continues. Speakers at the Structured Products Europe conference towards the end of last year also noted a continued desire for issuance from those with the highest credit ratings, as well as the increased role that structured products are playing in portfolio management. Richard Jory reports

Simple products remain popular in Europe

This year could well see a repeat of investment themes that played out in 2010, namely investing in dividends, equity markets and products built around benchmark indexes, such as the FTSE 100 and the S&P 500, according to Gareth Parker, senior director of research and design at Standard & Poor's Indices in London, speaking at the Structured Products Europe conference in Zurich on 29 November 2010. "There are signs that structurers and investors are interested in the addition of some complexity

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