Structured products revival – 2017 turnover behind strong start to the year Pension fund initiative acquires shape

The structured products sector has started the new year with strong backing. (Inter)national investors are increasingly looking to these flexible and liquid products – on the one hand as an alternative to low interest rates, on the other thanks to their innovative strength as an opportunity to participate rapidly in current and future developments. For example, with topic and strategy certificates on megatrends such as Bitcoin.

The Swiss daily newspaper NZZ, for example, applied the headline «Structured Products Recapture Territory» to its report on the traditional SSPA press conference at the start of the Financial Trade Fair, L’Agefi described the «essor unilateral des produits structures» – the upturn – Finews.ch discussed flourishing structured products in the low-interest environment, while the journal Schweizer Bank spoke of a boom. We provided media representatives with an overview of market developments and our own activities – structured products are increasingly also being used in a portfolio context, thanks to ongoing efforts to raise their profile.

We also focused on the portfolios of pension funds, because insured persons are entitled to the professional & efficient investment of their entrusted assets – including or rather specifically with structured products. We have been holding in-depth discussions with the relevant stakeholders, and hope we will be able to make an important step towards cost transparency by the middle of the year. Signs are good – we are confident that we could report on positive developments in the next Newsletter.

In the present update we will be refreshing your portfolio with our miscellaneous structural product smoothies – like the categorisation model – including insights into and a summary of the first Finanz’18 that is tailored exclusively to professional investors. Within the context of the challenging regulatory environment, we will also be updating you on MiFID & Co. and will outline what you may expect from structured products this year in the pension fund field. We hope you enjoy reading these pages!

Georg von Wattenwyl, SSPA Chairman

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