The turnover of listed structured products on exchanges in Europe in the first quarter of 2013 has fallen against the same period for last year, although commentators are buoyed by a market that started to show strong signs of improvement towards the end of last year.
A new structured investment boutique has launched, initially in the UK, with the aim of shaking up structuring and pricing in the sector to attract retail investors.
Structured notes are likely to surpass certificates of deposit (CDs) this year, according to a December 2012 survey by US structured products distributor Incapital.
With derivatives so far immune to the French Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which came into force in August, banks and providers are seeing the resulting benefits to sales of swap-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and structured products.
A change in the requirement for the final terms of a prospectus could restrict innovation in structured products, say market participants.
An increasingly savvy investor base in Asia is paving the way towards a more customised and managed approach to structured products aimed at private banking investors.
As Europe’s structured products professionals await the publication of the final version of the European Commission’s Packaged Retail Investment Products regulation, the debate about what it should and should not include still rages
Comet, Barclays wealth management platform for pricing, trading and executing structured investments has been launched into the UK market.
Centurion Fund Managers, the asset manager domiciled in the Cayman Islands and specialising in longevity alternative investments, has launched a structured note linked to the performance of a Global Population Index (GPI).
MSCI has launched a group of risk control indices to target specific levels of risk in seven regions.
Yield-enhancement strategies that can tackle the challenge of low interest rates and provide downside protection are gaining popularity among institutional and professional investors in Asia.
New York-based Numerix took top spot in the Structured Products Technology Rankings 2012 report, followed by names such as Misys, Bloomberg, Fincad and Murex.