The changing face of UK retail structured products

Exit of big-name issuers paves way for new entrants

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Zak de Mariveles, Societe Generale

When asked what has driven the change of issuers in the UK structured products market, no two individuals offer quite the same answer - but regulation, and the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in particular, crop up repeatedly. Introduced in early 2013, RDR means all retail advisers must issue a clear fee for their advice rather than receiving commission on a product. The regulation was designed to ensure that advisers honestly service the needs of investors, removing the temptation to recommend

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