Prospectus Directive amendments spell bad news for German retail investors, warn structured product providers

Too much information

Banks fear a deluge of information could confuse investors

By the middle of next year, two profound changes to the way that the structured products business in Germany is conducted will be either implemented or introduced in preparation for legal standing.

The first innovation marks a jump into the twenty-first century by Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (Bafin), Germany's finance regulator, and will permit product producers to submit issuer and product prospectuses electronically. Fewer trees will die as a result, while speed and

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