Structured products: innovation and transparency in a difficult environment

The persistently difficult market environment is characterized by low yields and interest rates of between zero and negative. This has shaped the structured product sector for some time. Particularly during times when yields are low, transparency and costs play a greater role. The SSPA has set itself the objective of promoting this transparency. In order to clear up prejudice and conjecture, the Swiss Finance Institute has for the first time drawn up a comprehensive study on the Swiss market. Conclusion: structured products performed positively reasonable costs. We aim to inform you periodically about such current developments and trends as well as our Association’s contribution with the SSPA Newsletter.

In the current interest rate environment, structured products represent an increasingly interesting way to secure attractive returns. The SSPA is keen to promote and publicise this potential by providing broad market support. The Association aims to further establish itself as an industry association, thereby boosting its attractiveness and effectiveness. With the new membership concept approved at the meeting of delegates in September, particular attention will be directed towards the buy-side, including banks, asset managers and B2B intermediaries and partners along the entire structured product output chain – in addition to issuers.

The simple, straightforward and comprehensive provision of know-how and information is the central focus of the work of the SSPA – right across all channels. For this reason the SSPA is carefully building up its social media activities: an active network on LinkedIn helps maintain contacts with the relevant points of contact; the Twitter account spreads topical information about the structured products sector. Use the networks & follow us – and become an active part of the SSPA community!

At the beginning of September, the International Structured Products Forum 2015 in Lucerne presented opportunities for the personal exchange of information and dialogue with experts. Industry trends and developments within the Swiss and international environment were discussed, food for thought was provided and potential solutions were drawn up in workshops. The next opportunity for an industry meeting will be next February, when FINANZ’16 opens its doors in Zurich for the second time, under the motto “Expanding Horizons”.

Georg von Wattenwyl, SSPA President

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