Exchange-traded notes see huge demand in South Africa

Speeding into listed products

Brett Duncan, Standard Bank

South African investors got their first taste of how exchange-traded notes (ETNs) could help them gain access to markets in a more liquid form in 2010, when Absa Capital launched the first two conventional ETNs based on precious metals. It was the start of a significant new market. Once the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) was authorised to start listing structured products and exchange-trade-products (ETPs) by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the surge in demand for the low cost, high-yi

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