The Swiss Derivative Awards were presented for the ninth time on April 10, 2014 at an evening event in the function rooms at Kaufleuten in Zurich. The jury and the audience acknowledged the following products and issuers with awards:
PRECIOUS METAL PRODUCT
PRODUCT ON FOREIGN CURRENCIES OR INTEREST RATES
PRODUCT ON ALTERNATIVE UNDERLYINGS
THE BEST MARKET MAKERS
For investors, fair prices on the secondary market are a key feature of a «good» investment product. In the category "Leverage Products", Bank Vontobel was awarded first place as the best market maker. The issuer stood out due to consistent quality in the pricing of its issues in the secondary market on the SIX Structured Products Exchange. Leonteq Securities was successful in taking first place in the category "Investment Products".
This year, the jury gave the Special Award to an individual person. Christian König, who is an economist (lic. oec. HSG), derivatives specialist and Finance 2.0 enthusiast, was presented with the award. His platform finanzproduct.ch offers a free-of-charge service for financial products focusing on product trends and social media. In addition, @finanzprodukt is very active on Twitter. Christian König has previously played a leading role in a number of flagship projects (e.g. payoff.ch).
Judging of the issuers' service performance involved assessment of the following criteria: quality of term sheets, quality of brochures and client magazines, quality of derivatives website, quality of market making, surveys of investors and pricing. This year, the jury awarded the coveted distinction to Bank Vontobel, Leonteq Securities and Banque Cantonale Vaudoise.