UKSPA launches structured product classification system

Four-digit codes allow investors to compare structures

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Zak de Mariveles, UK Structured Products Association

The UK Structured Products Association (UKSPA) has introduced a standardised system of product codes to help identify product structures. The reference guide, which is aimed at retail investors and independent financial advisers (IFAs), aims to cut through the terminology used by different distributors to allow a transparent comparison of competing structured products.

The main variables identified by the trade body's guidelines are whether a product offers capital protection and whether it is a

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