Strong demand for flexible deployment within portfolio context

Investors see structured products as an attractive component for securing returns within the portfolio context, including when market conditions are very volatile. Innovative products that make it possible to participate quickly in new market developments and trends contribute further towards this. In our capacity as an industry association, we work tirelessly to draw attention to this flexibility and product innovation, both within the sector as well as beyond. For example at the first Finanz und Wirtschaft forum “Structured Products 2018” in November or through our close involvement in Finanz’19. Structured product representatives were present at a total of three open forums and at a panel discussion, where they were able to share their specialist expertise with profession investors. The financial fair kicked off with the customary and well-attended press conference, at which the latest industry figures for the year 2018 as well as the plans and goals of the Association for the current year were communicated – with impressive reporting, as you can see for yourself during the course of the newsletter!

While the year is still young, the SSPA has already been able to welcome three further members. It now has a total of 39 members across all categories of issuers, the buy side, partners and markets. In the present update we look back at important industry events, provide an overview of the development of the sector in 2018 drawing upon the latest figures, and also update you on the challenging regulatory environment associated with MiFID, FinSA Ordinance & Co. We hope you enjoy reading these pages!

 Georg von Wattenwyl, SSPA Chairman

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