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A lookback at 2016

If you look at Brexit, everyone was expecting a massive volatility spike, but what happened was very short-term. A lot of structured products have longer maturities and actually volatility decreased in the long end of the curve. It was the same thing with the U.S. election. With Trump’s election, people expected the market to go…

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Peering ahead to 2017

We expect very large volumes for structured products for the first quarter in 2017 in Europe. Most European markets are quite bullish. It’s very likely that we see a switch from euro- to USD-denominated notes. Arthur Teixeira Read Bloomberg’s brief here.

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First Quarter Had Some Bright Patches

For many sellers of structured notes in the first quarter, it was one to forget, with global sales tumbling from a year earlier. But pockets of the market still saw growth, particularly in regions where volatility kicked up or interest rates remained depressed. Global sales in the first quarter got off to their worst start…

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French Boutique Aims at Tier One Banks with New Lifecycle Management Tools

HPC Investment Partners is targeting tier one banks to help them “respond quicker and more efficiently to the needs of investors”, after launching a new set of lifecycle tools in its click-and-trade platform at the end of 2017. SRP spoke to Pierre-Yves Breton, founding partner and Jordan Sfez, managing partner at the French structured products…

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Wall Street’s Fresh Way to Bet Against Yield Curve Inversion

Retail investors have a new and potentially risky product to punt on the shape of the U.S. yield curve — one where they stand to lose their entire investment if rates don’t go their way. Almost $600,000 of the securities, a variation of the so-called “steepeners” that have been sold for years by Wall Street…

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