Structured Products - Volume 6/Number 3

2010: what's in store?

With the direction of markets uncertain and no consensus on the future of interest rates, inflation and a multitude of other financial indicators, Structured Products talked to professionals in Asia, the US and Europe about their views on what 2010 may…

ETNs poised for a comeback

Worries over counterparty credit risk stymied the development of the market for exchange-traded notes, but as those concerns recede and the products spread outside their home in the US, 2010 could be the year that the investments come into their own. By…

Interest rates: direction dilemmas

The final quarter of 2009 saw product creators gripped by uncertainty over which way interest rates were heading. With a steep yield curve making investment in rates products expensive, bankers are seeking the best trade for uncertain times. Will the…

Insurance inroads

Structured product manufacturers have targeted the insurance sector as a potentially important new distribution channel following the collapse in volumes of products sold through retail banks in Asia. Ben Marquand finds out if they are gaining traction

Keeping the lights on at Lehman

The administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) discuss their role in handling the largest bankruptcy in corporate history, revealing how the process has raised questions about prime brokerage agreements, stock lending practices and the way…

Risk & Return Italia 2009

Attendees at the Risk & Return Italia 2009 conference in Milan were treated to an explanation from the Italian regulator about how new recommendations should be interpreted. Speakers were keen to respond and give their views on how regulation is…

Jubilee's flight to quality

Since Jubilee Financial Products launched in 2008, UK plan managers have found themselves in increasingly turbulent waters. Jubilee’s strategy for success in such conditions has been to limit its scope to the high end of the market, using a top brand…

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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