Planned SPA risk indicator is no panacea, say critics

Concerns over Structured Products Association's proposed risk rating

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Zak de Mariveles, UK Structured Products Association

There has been no shortage of guidance from the UK Financial Conduct Authority and its predecessor the Financial Services Authority in the past few years regarding what is appropriate regarding the promotion and marketing of investments. When selling a product, for instance, the payout structure, counterparty risk and historic performance all must be clearly stated in terms that a non-sophisticated investor can understand.

But this does not always mean that investors are left with a greater unde

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