FINANZ’16 – “Expanding Horizons”

finanz16This year marked the 18th time that the largest Swiss financial fair opened its doors. FINANZ’16 took place on 3 and 4 February 2016 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Over 100 exhibitors and numerous financial experts from Switzerland and abroad attracted a record number of around 6600 visitors.

On both days of the fair, over 100 exhibitors from the financial sector showcased new products in the fields of investment funds, structured products and real estate investment. As always, the first day of the financial fair was open exclusively to professional investors. On the next day, private investors were also able to have their “horizons expanded” by the numerous experts.

The motto at Zurich’s Kongresshaus was “Expanding Horizons”. Following the bleak start to the year for international stock markets, coupled with numerous other challenges facing the financial industry, new ideas and recipes are very much in demand.

The structured product industry also invited visitors to explore the potential – and at the SSPA to add a little spice to their portfolios with structured products. For in addition to the test version of a new tool for relationship managers (see below), chilli chocolate was also very warmly received by visitors. SSPA Chairman Georg von Wattenwyl took part in the panel “Investing from a Swiss Perspective”, and set out the potential and the ways in which structured products can be deployed. Structured products need to be made even more transparent and comprehensible for pension funds in particular, and this is something that the Association is always keen to promote, according to von Wattenwyl. The open forums “Benefits of Structured Products as Investment Products”, “The Right Structured Product in the Current Environment” or “Ask the Structured Product Experts” provided additional opportunities to obtain information.

FINANZ’17 will also be held in the Kongresshaus next year, specifically on 1 and 2 February.

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