Structured Products Americas: Mis-selling a bigger issue than regulation, says panel

Protecting 'Aunt Millie'

Mark Fernandez, Finra; Linda Chatman Thomsen, Davis Polk & Wardwell; Sean Davy, Sifma

Tense market conditions in 2012, largely attributed to the economic malaise hanging over Europe, calmed towards the end of the year, as equity markets took a turn upwards and investors opted for a risk-on approach. Improved confidence in corporate credit has also fuelled a move from certificate of deposits to pure structured notes as buyers prove willing to accept the risk. A fellow driver for this trend is cash-rich banks and the cost of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation cover.

But those wh

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