Deriving a deal in Malaysia

JPMorgan wants to offer Malaysians the chance to buy derivatives in ringgit

JPMorgan says it has applied to Bank Negara Malaysia to offer structured products in ringgit to local investors. The central bank has had a lot of questions on how we will manage risks and what products we'll offer, but we hope to receive approval in the next two to three weeks, says Samir Bhandari, JPMorgan head of derivatives for South and South-East Asia, Samir Bhandari.

Products that JPMorgan may offer include Quanto options range accrual notes linked to local benchmarks and CMS-linked structures. Malaysia has lagged behind others in the region, such as Singapore and Taiwan, which have much more sophisticated derivatives markets.

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