Fieling blue in Japan

Structured products


Japan's rigid financial structure has never made matters easy for foreign securities houses involved in the country's structured products business, which estimates put at around $100 billion of issuance a year. The strict demarcation between notes, deposits and fund wrappers - which are supposed to prevent any conflicts of interest between the securities companies, banks and fund management houses that issue the products - has led to an inhibited market.

"The biggest issue for us is the firewalls

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