ESMA Reports Diversity in Markets for Structured Retail Products
ESMA published the results of its study of the EU market in structured retail products, from an investor protection perspective. The results were published as a part of the ESMA report on trends, risks, and vulnerabilities in EU. The research breaks down the EU market geographically into national retail markets and found a high degree of heterogeneity in the types of product sold.
The report identified that, although a wide array of structured products are available to retail investors across EU, each national market is concentrated around a small number of common types—namely capital protection products, yield enhancement products, and participation products. The analysis was performed both at an EU-wide level and also specifically in the French, German, and Italian retail markets. The analysis suggests that the search for yield has been a common driver of several changes in the distribution of product types. These products are a significant vehicle for household savings, although they remain complex and the net performance warrants a closer examination.
Keywords: Europe, EU, Securities, Investor Protection, Structured Products, TRV Reports, ESMA
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