Structured Products - Volume 6/Number 2

Consequences of the cleanup

The UK Financial Services Authority must bolster laws designed to protect investors while ensuring that it takes these actions in sympathy with regulations being introduced at a European level. Richard Jory reports on the actions of the regulator and the…

Breaking the chains

The need to diversify customer credit risk and the rising importance of fiduciary standards make open architecture distribution vital to structured products’ future. As advisers become concentrated in bigger institutions and market volumes remain static,…

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

Beware the breaches

Credit Suisse has produced a two-year booster cert plus securities product that offers access to the full upside of the performance of the iShares Emerging Markets Index Fund. There is a 70% barrier, and a limit to uncapped returns if an upper barrier of

Risking the first 10%

Gilliat Financial Solutions is offering a six-year income product linked to the FTSE 100 that promises a fixed coupon as well as bonus payments, but only if investors are prepared to put 10% of their capital at risk

Emerging versus developed

Duggan Asset Management is offering a three-year-and-11-month simple growth product that plays emerging against developed markets equities. The product is 95% capital protected and incorporates final averaging

India finds some forward momentum

The global financial crisis could easily have sounded the death knell for India’s nascent structured products market. But as the country’s equity markets have resumed their upward trend, dealers say equity-linked structures are catching on fast.

Unwrapping Russian structures

Since the 1998 stock market crash, Russia’s financial sector has evolved to play host to a derivatives industry sophisticated enough to support the development of retail structured products. As well as introducing offshore products to the local market,…

The cream of the crop

The Structured Products Awards for Europe 2009 were presented on November 18 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London by celebrity guest speaker, the comedian Sean Lock. Barclays Capital was named house of the year and Credit Suisse took the award for equity…

Lessons in simplicity

The mood at the fifth Structured Products Europe conference in London was distinctly retrospective, as speakers and delegates spent two days dissecting their business practice with a readiness that suggests the industry has learnt from its mistakes and…

The index artists

The past 12 months have posed a new set of challenges for the indexing and exchange-traded fund markets. But as delegates to the Art of Indexing Summit USA in New York heard on October 28, providers are adapting to the changed landscape. Now it is simply…

Statement of intent

Aviva Investors has made a decisive leap into the global structured products market, hiring an industry veteran to lead its multi-asset-class rollout. Sophia Morrell talks to Stephane Rougier, the ex-Lehman Brothers banker who is leading the push.

Adding bulls and bears

Handelsbanken has had a good year, helped by its incorporation of bull and bear strategies and move into covered warrants. Richard Jory talks to Peter Frösell about providing trading products to complement the capital-protected and certificate investor…

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