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  1. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    Charles Firth, Hong Kong-based head of equity derivative structuring Asia at Credit Suisse, says these high-profile failures have negatively impacted demand across all asset classes. The rules-based fund tracked 19 commodities yet it flopped six...

  2. Liquidity concerns still haunt Ficc

    That model is now changing, as increased risk aversion and regulatory reforms designed to return the cost of liquidity and capital to more sustainable levels favour more agency-based trading models. As Shafik noted earlier in her speech, the top...

  3. Dealers fret over NSFR impact on equities

    It is a one-year stress effect," says a London-based liquidity source at a UK bank. Basel Committee ignores calls to protect market in new funding rules Banks fear that a number of standard equity markets practices – ranging from futures hedging to...

  4. BAML increases inflation market share

    Some banks are trying to put a UK gilt into these deals, whereas we are trying to keep the product completely clean in terms of the risk," says Jung. BAML are one of my main counterparties for inflation derivatives trading," according to an...

  5. Strategic solutions play into Credit Suisse's strengths

    Credit Suisse beat stiff competition to win a mandate to develop a long-only strategy delivered through Credit Suisse Private Banking a period of subdued volatility, a UK-based family office was looking to increase the expected return from a hedge...

  6. Morgan Stanley's delivers 'turn of the month' triumph

    We were traditionally a notes-based distribution business in the UK and that's still core to what we do," says Marc Chamberlain, executive director in structured products at Morgan Stanley in London. Best UK structured products provider award goes...

  7. People: TD Bank bags Scotia Capital structuring team

    Meanwhile, BNP Paribas has appointed Guy Davies as equities director for the institutional business line, based in London. Chaudhuri previously worked at Barclays in London, where she was a vice-president in the UK structured products team.

  8. Mariana Capital offers autocall on FTSE 100 stocks

    The fact that the product is linked to three stocks makes kick-out more difficult than would be the case for a similar structure based on a single stock. All three underlying shares are from large, well-known companies in the UK's benchmark FTSE...

  9. Investec digital note offers choice of counterparty

    In that version, the investment is diversified across five banks - Aviva, Barclays, Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander UK - each with 20% of the capital. Investec is offering investors in the UK two versions of a six-year structured...

  10. The changing face of UK retail structured products

    Santander also stopped issuing around the same time, making hundreds of branch-based advisers redundant. When asked what has driven the change of issuers in the UK structured products market, no two individuals offer quite the same answer - but...

  11. 'Revolving door' unique to financial regulators

    These trends are borne out across other US regulators and UK bodies, including the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In the UK the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources 80% more of its...

  12. PRA: internal model insurers need a ‘plan B’

    UK supervisor the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is urging internal model insurers to develop contingency plans in case their model submissions fail to secure supervisory approval. UK firms should not assume it is appropriate simply to...

  13. 25 banks fail ECB stress check on financial health

    It identified a total capital shortfall of €25 billion at 25 banks across Europe, based on data provided in December 2013. Dale Stevens, head of risk at analytics institute SAS UK and Ireland, says: "It's a level of transparency we've not seen...