Structured Products - Volume 5/Number 12

Commodity ETPs: limited viability?

Commodity exchange-traded products face an uncertain future unless they can adapt to regulations seeking to impose strict limits on firms’ commodities positions, while fighting competition from products designed to circumvent the new rules entirely…

A bridge too far?

As exchange-traded funds become increasingly complex and start to resemble structured products, are product providers stretching the limits too far in terms of what should constitute an ETF? By John Ferry

Reaching for more

As investors face volatility in the financial markets, Irish boutique investment firm GlobalReach Securities is seeing greater demand for structured products. Pierre Cooper talks to Peter Duff, the firm’s head of private clients, about the desire to…

Rays of hope

The turbulent conditions that have characterised the past two years have taken their toll on the Australian structured products market. But lessons regarding diversification and capital protection could offer a chink of light to investors. Wietske Blees…

The active revolution

Grail Advisors sought to revolutionise the US fund market with the launch of the first actively managed exchange-traded fund earlier this year. As the product range expands, will mutual fund providers and investors go with the flows? Sophia Morrell…

Avoiding dividend meltdown

Dealers are starting to pay closer attention to dividend risk housed on their exotic books after many incurred sizeable losses last year. What are banks doing differently and can another dividend meltdown be avoided? Matt Cameron reports

Seeking green shoots

Issuance and risk appetite appear to be increasing in the US market. But is this just froth or does it represent a genuine step towards recovery? Sophia Morrell assesses how confident institutional and retail clients are feeling

The road to a quality Street

The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was unprecedented in US structured products history and brought the burgeoning market to its knees. After capitalising on certificates of deposit, there are indications that investors may be recovering their poise. Richard…

The return of risk

In the tussle between fear and greed, greed is easing back into the driving seat. So said Alan Kerr, managing director of Harbourmaster Capital and chairman of the Structured Products Ireland conference, held on September 15 in Dublin. Transparency,…

Market snapshot

Tim Mortimer of Future Value Consultants looks at the pricing issues for structured products in different markets and provides his trade of the month

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