FSA guidance on structured products sparked by concerns over product complexity

Interested parties in the UK have until January to respond to new guidance offered by the Financial Services Authority stimulated by an increase in demand for structured products. The regulator has yet to decide whether to publish a feedback statement based on the responses received during the consultation. Richard Jory investigates the proposal


Alarmed by the temptation that investments such as structured products can create in a low interest rate environment, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has offered further stringent direction and limitations on issuer practices in a guidance note published on November 2.

The FSA's proposed guidance follows an investigation of seven major providers of structured products, responsible for 50% of the products in the UK retail market by volume and value. Conducted between November 2010 and

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