Structured products industry benefits from favourable environment – increased use in portfolios

Following the summer break, the SSPA is entering into the final quarter in high spirits, and is benefiting from the favourable environment that has been boosting the sector since the start of the year. Persistently strong demand and the concept of a holistic consultancy approach that is becoming increasingly established within the industry, presenting clients with a bespoke holistic service package together with a corresponding portfolio, are playing into the hands of structured products. The portfolio context is becoming increasingly relevant – the Association is addressing these needs and providing information accordingly. The Association is also addressing the increased demand from the buy side. For example, this year’s industry get-together in Lucerne was held under the motto “Trends in Wealth Management”. Technological innovations and their profitable integration in the investment process was discussed at this event, along with how wealth management is responding to current challenges, and what part structured products (could) play within this context. Association members set the course for a further successful structured products year at the traditional delegates’ meeting in September, where membership contributions were cut further on account of the rising number of members – setting a positive signal for the entire sector!

The present update also informs you about the first Finance and Business Forum “Structured Products 2018” that is scheduled to be held on 14 November at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Rüschlikon – another sector event is being established – and also update you on the challenging regulatory environment within the context of MiFID & Co. We hope you enjoy reading these pages!

Georg von Wattenwyl, SSPA Chairman

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