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Belgian structured products resist dynamic markets in first six months of 2015

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The volume invested in Belgian structured products by retail investors dropped slightly by 5 per cent between January and June 2015, compared with the previous six month period.

That’s according to the half-yearly report for the first six months of 2015 published by BELSIPA, the association of Belgian structured product issuers.

The invested total amount stood at EUR36.5 billion, of which EUR10.6 billion was invested in insurance products (so-called tak23/branch23), EUR9.7billion in structured funds and EUR15.7 billion in structured notes. While the invested volume largely stayed stable the primary market turnover fell by 23 per cent compared to the previous six months. The number of new products increased by 55 per cent, an evolution mainly driven by the leverage products segment.

Alain Flas (pictured), BELSIPA's president, says: “The numbers show that Belgian investors continue to see structured products overall as a welcome part of their portfolio. They evidently are self-confident decision-makers who have their own market view and occasionally also switch between different sorts of products and asset classes.”

Christiaan Sterckx, BELSIPA's vice-president, adds: “The drop in primary market turnover needs to be judged also in light of the high increase by 15 per cent that we have seen throughout the last year, which makes this decrease now a momentous move within normal market volatility. Especially considering the largely stable invested volumes and number of new products, the market continues to benefit from the interest of private investors.”

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