Launch of «SP Portfolio Optimizer» – SSPA sets new industry standard
SSPA marked its tenth anniversary – and remains in fine fettle. We have warm memories of our anniversary event in November, and look back at a successful year 2016 for the Association. The Swiss structured products sector also enjoyed a strong year, despite the difficult environment. The industry’s turnover, at around CHF 226 billion, was slightly below the result of CHF 231 billion rec-orded in the previous year. 2016 saw particular demand for the capital protection (+3%), yield en-hancement (+3%) and leverage (+2%) product groups. Amongst asset classes, there was a shift away from equities (-6%) to currencies (+3%), while fixed income doubled from 4% in 2015 to 8% in 2016.
Having celebrated the first SSPA decade with numerous party guests, the Association is now starting its next decade with renewed élan. We are determined to drive the Swiss financial centre and the structured products industry forward, to provide impulses and to set industry standards – for example with our newly-launched structured products app, the “SP Portfolio Optimizer”. This provides support for the search for yield in the current difficult environment, and shows in a simple and easy-to-understand manner what added value the inclusion of structured products in a portfolio can generate. In this conjunction, we deliberately focus on the use of structured products within the portfolio context, and address investment advisors, asset managers and private investors, in order further to improve broader understanding and transparency concerning structured products.
Now with over 30 members, the Association is successively broadening its appeal across German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland. In addition, we are actively engaging in current discussions, such as for example on regulatory topics or yields in the pension fund segment, in order to underscore the opportunities presented by structured products. You will find further structured product news in the current Newsletter.
Georg von Wattenwyl, SSPA chairman