The changing face of UK retail structured products

Exit of big-name issuers paves way for new entrants

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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