2011 was another big year for structured product sales both in the US and abroad. According to Bloomberg’s year end totals, almost $45.5 billion worth of SEC registered structured products were sold in the US in 2011, down only slightly from $49.4 billion in 2010. There were 7,293 individual products sold, up from 6,443 a year earlier.
The number of products linked to interest rates decreased, which was made up for with increases in products linked to equity assets.
Also interesting is that several product features have become more popular over time. It seems that in the US, autocallable products have become much more popular in recent years, whereas principal protection notes have fallen off, and those tied to baskets of underlying securities have waxed and waned but taken off recently.
http://slcg.com/products.php. We will continue to closely monitor the structured product market, as it is one of the most innovative financial markets today.
SOURCE: Bloomberg L.P.