2019 meeting of delegates – new President elected, Committee confirmed

Following a hopefully relaxing and recuperative summer break, the activities of the sector have been picking up speed once again and things have certainly been happening. Within the Association we too are entering the fourth quarter full of élan and with new (old) heads. Our distinguished Georg von Wattenwyl, who served on the Committee for 10 years, since 2014 as President, has been elected Chairman of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He will therefore now be concentrating on this new task and functions for Vontobel in Asia. We thank Georg for his commitment and dedication, and wish him every success in his future career.

In my capacity as the new President, I thank our members and my colleagues on the Committee for the confidence they have shown in me. I am looking forward to heading the SSPA as a broadly-recognised industry association. Together with my Committee team members, I shall represent and continue to develop the interests of the structured product industry. We laid excellent foundations for this at this year’s meeting of delegates. Over the next few months we are planning to generate added value for the industry with a fresh look&feel, a new website as well as tailored tools. In addition, we are looking to launch an awareness campaign, underscoring the potential of structured products in a bear market: what do we have to do to enable investors to leverage the added value of structured products over more traditional financial instruments such as equities with aplomb, i.e. even in falling markets? The last time we encountered an environment of this nature, structured products did not get the recognition they properly deserved.

The present Newsletter also looks back at this year’s legendary International Structured Forum, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in style with a dinner at the Bürgenstock. We also explain what to expect at the FuW Structured Products Forum in November and provide an update on important developments within the regulatory field.

We hope you enjoy reading these pages!

Adrian Steinherr, President of the SSPA

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