The second quarter of 2012 has witnessed a weakening European Certificates market with a volume of investment certificates and leveraged products amounting to EUR22.2bn, down 23.7% on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The last collection of data by the European Structured Investment Products Association (EUSIPA), analysed by Derivatives Partners Research, indicates a net market slowdown in the months between April and June 2012.
In the second quarter of the year, stock Exchanges recorded a turnover of about EUR10.5bn in investment products and a volume of leverage products equal to EUR11.7bn. Accounting for 47.3% of the turnover, investment products recorded a sharp fall compared to the first quarter of the year (-23.3%); followed by leveraged products registering a comparable decline (-23.9%) and accounting for 52.7% of the turnover.
At the end of June leveraged products and investment certificates, listed on stock exchanges members of EUSIPA, were, respectively, 529,647 and 448,882, with a product portfolio growth of 1.4%. In the 2Q, banks issued 461,329 new products, registering a 15.6% decline from the previous quarter. Leveraged products accounted for almost three quarters (72.2%) of the new issues, with investment products weighting only 27.8%.