RCB’s capital and partial protection products score points with investors and jury
Vienna - Last night, the most important national certificate award was held for the 11th time at the Oktogon of Bank Austria in Vienna’s city center. At yesterday’s Certificate Awards Austria the best issuers were awarded in eight categories and among them one overall winner was honored. Raiffeisen Centrobank AG (RCB) excelled, with only one exception (Place 2 in the category Leverage Products), in all categories. The Austrian market leader was thereby honored as the overall winner as well as for the 11th time in a row best Austrian issuer.
“It is overwhelming to see that our certificates are that popular among investors as well with the high-caliber award-jury and that we remain leading Austrian issuer of certificates. The overall victory is an acknowledgment our work and it motivates my team and me to convince further investors of the attractiveness and advantages of our products. It is our goal to continuously raise the high standards of quality of our products,” states Heike Arbter, Managing Director and Head of Structured Products RCB, who sees the overall victory at the Certificate Awards Austria as a seal of quality for certificates.
Guarantee and partial protection products lead to success
In the category Investment Products with Capital Protection as well as Bonus and Express Certificates RCB scores especially high points this year. Furthermore, RCB was given the award for the best Austrian product for an express certificate. “We have seen in previous years that partial protection products tend to become more and more popular among investors. In particular, bonus certificates with low barriers – meaning a special protection mechanism – and renowned indices as underlying have been enormously demanded and they often serve in the current low-interest environment as a perfect alternative to common investment products. More than that, our product series Bonus & Security which has been very popular for years and which we have supplemented by a certificate with an inflation protection component, hit the investor’s and jury’s nerve once more. I am very pleased that those products which are successful among investors are awarded best in their category,” concludes Arbter.
As host of the event acted once more the Certificate Forum Austria together with its partner Zertifikate Journal. With BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank/X-markets, Erste Group Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Raiffeisen Centrobank, Société Générale, UBS, UniCredit and Vontobel, in total eleven issuers submitted their products at this year’s awards and asked for the independent jury’s appraisal. The jury of 21 consisted of asset managers, retail bankers, online brokers and financial journalists. Objectivity and independency of the evaluation as well as voting process was examined and approved by EY Österreich
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Photo:Heike Arbter and her Team of Structured Products, Valerie Brunner and Wilhelm Celeda
Photo-Credit: Zertifikate Forum Austria (ZFA)
About Raiffeisen Centrobank AG
Raiffeisen Centrobank is the competence center for equities and derivatives in Austria with a strong regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe. As a full service provider of certificates, the bank offers currently more than 8,200 products for each market phase and investment horizon. The coverage universe of RCB company research comprises about 130 Austrian and international titles. Raiffeisen Centrobank is a 100% subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International AG.