Structured Products Nordic conference: new regulations could act as a drag on growth

The Nordic markets have proved more resilient than most to the financial crisis, but low interest rates and high volatility has made it difficult to cater for a cautious investor base. Added to that is the flurry of upcoming regulatory changes set to impact directly on structured products. Sarah Nowakowska reports


Back in August this year, the Nordic derivatives exchange reported a strong surge in trading volumes and structured product issuance in the Nordic region, with leveraged products such as bull and bear certificates soaring in popularity as volatility increased. The surge in product issuance, in particular, reflects the bigger pool of distributors keen on taking advantage of a developing structured products retail market.

The effect of continuing global economic uncertainty and the European

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