Which are the best structured product and derivatives houses in Asia?

Investors have been seeking stable returns amid market downturn. Product providers with cross-asset structuring and sourcing capabilities stood out in being able to meet these needs

Interest rate cuts, a trade war and bearish market sentiment have broadened the investment product offerings of structured product and derivatives houses servicing Asian clients.

In 2018, bearish equity markets boosted activity in equity derivatives. The increasing participation of retail investors looking to benefit from a bearish market was a major driver of equity linked products and derivatives. 

In the fixed income market, the opening of China’s interbank bond market with Bloomberg Barclay’s index inclusion also gave rise to opportunities to investment banks which provide accessing channels and leverage to investors who are looking to gain exposure to China’s US$13 trillion bond market.

For the period from April 2018 to March 2019, which these awards cover, investors sought stable returns amid the market downturn. As a result, product providers with cross-asset structuring and sourcing capabilities stood out for being able to meet this requirement.

It is in this context that The Asset presents the winners of The Asset Triple A Private Banking, Wealth Management, Investment and ETF Awards 2019, Part II: Investment Awards.

The winner of the “Structured Products House of the Year, Asia” Award is Societe Generale (Socgen). The French bank is recognized for its structured solutions that satisfy its clients’ investment and hedging needs. With its integrated distribution franchise and institutional solutions platform, the bank demonstrates leadership and strong commitment in the APAC market.

Socgen also wins the “Derivatives House of the Year, Asia” Award. With a major market share in Asia, the bank occupies leading positions in products such as interest rate and equity derivatives. The bank has proven its capabilities through external and internal growth of its business, product innovation, and digital transformation.

The “Derivatives House of the Year, Asia, Highly Commended” Award goes to Credit Suisse. The bank invested heavily in its Asian franchise in 2018 and has deepened its footprint in the content and platform solutions space, providing innovative solutions that help their clients adapt to the changing market environment.

SocGen is also recognized as the Best Equity Derivatives House, Asia; Best Rates Derivatives House, Asia; and Best Structured Credit House, Asia.

Winner of the “Best Index Provider, Asia” Award is S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), for continuing to provide a wide range of innovative and top-of-the-line indices for derivatives and structured products. Being the world’s largest resource for index-based concepts, data and research, S&P DJI has the world’s most-followed market indices with US$13.7 trillion in indexed or benchmarked assets.

The “Best Index Provider, Asia, Highly Commended” Award goes to FTSE Russell. As a global provider of benchmarks and analytics, FTSE Russell has more than US$16 trillion in assets benchmarked to its indices, according to eVestment.

This year, The Asset has added new categories under the Index Provider Awards to highlight different index providers’ specialities. MSCI is recognized as Best Index Provider for Equity and Best Index Provider for ESG, IHS Markit is recognized as Best Index Provider for Fixed Income, and STOXX is recognized as Best Index Provider for Innovation.

For the complete list of winners please click here

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