Hanging in the balance

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Index providers are scratching their heads following a recent ruling from a German court. Across the world they are now nervously awaiting the outcome of an appeal soon to be lodged by German exchange and index provider Deutsche Borse that could shape the very future of their businesses. They are hoping that German courts will overturn a decision that effectively suggests that banks issuing structured products tied to an index, at least in Germany, no longer have to pay licence fees to index

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