Investment Management

City of London Group teams up with CODE Investing to support UK SMEs

City of London Group plc (COLG) (LSE: CIN), the parent company of a group focused on providing finance to the SME sector and home reversion plans in the UK residential property market, and CODE Investing, the institutional marketplace for SME debt, are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration to support the growth of UK small businesses. COLG will aim to complete £50 million in UK small business loans over the next four years originated... more Read more »

New opportunities on Robo.cash: installment loans TezCredit

The European Р2Р platform Robo.cash and one of the leading alternative lending companies in Kazakhstan LLP Zaymer expand partnership by delivering a new opportunity for investments on the platform - installment loans TezCredit with a repayment period up to 12 months and an expected interest rate up to 14.5% per annum. Read more »

State Street Verus is Live Now

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) today announced the launch of State Street VerusSM, a mobile-first application that makes connections between news coverage and investors’ holdings through the application of big data, machine learning, natural language processing and human intelligence. Verus is designed to help investment professionals in the front office gain greater insights, mitigate risk, and generate alpha. Read more »

SaxoSelect sees 43% increase in quarterly inflows for growth portfolios

SaxoSelect, the fully digital and automated investment service that enables clients of Saxo Bank to invest in pre-selected portfolios, has today reported that its growth and risk-on managed portfolios have seen a 43% increase in net capital flows in Q2. The two Equity Portfolios of global stocks, which utilize the strategies and research from world leading experts at Morningstar and most recently, Nasdaq, target strong growth over the medium... more Read more »

Smith & Williamson selects Avaloq to enhance delivery of investment management services

Smith & Williamson, the UK-based financial and professional services firm with £20.1 billion1 in funds under management and advice, has selected Avaloq to help enhance the delivery of investment management services to its clients and support the continued growth of the business. The move increases Avaloq’s footprint in the UK wealth management industry, a key growth market for the fintech firm. Read more »

CODE Investing enters into strategic partnership with BNP Paribas Asset Management to originate SME loans

CODE Investing announces that it has entered into a long term strategic partnership with BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) as part of the development of BNPP AM’s SME Alternative Financing platform.  BNPP AM will invest in loans to small businesses originated through CODE Investing, the UK’s institutional marketplace for SME debt. Read more »

Charles Stanley Direct App Update and Usage Signals Road Ahead

Charles Stanley Direct has rolled-out a new version of the App that it launched in October 2017.  The latest version is compatible with Android, iPhone and iPads and incorporates new functionality for users that includes the ability to trade in over 4,000 Funds and instant account access thanks to a new biometric log-in process utilising face or fingerprint recognition. Read more »

FreeRealTime adds social media sentiment to platform

FreeRealTime, the leading resource of actionable insights for investors, today announced new investment tools and features designed to improve the investment experience of its nearly 2 million registered subscribers.  The website's new design displays stocks poised to move based on changing social media sentiment, free portfolio-tracking, analysis on new assets such as Bitcoin, watchlists that follow users through the site, and enhanced charting... more Read more »

BNP Paribas Asset Management selects Link Asset Services as debt servicer for new SME Alternative Financing platform

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has appointed Link Asset Services as the debt servicer for its new SME Alternative Financing platform. The SME Alternative Financing platform, currently operational in the UK, will invest through direct loans to finance ambitious projects for SME companies, complementing lending by domestic commercial banks to finance their growth. The platform has already successfully closed its first loan in the UK. Read more »

Aquila Capital Enters Finnish Wind Energy Market with 14.4 MW Project

The investment company Aquila Capital – a specialist in alternative investments – is acquiring the “Ykspihlaja” project, an onshore wind park close to the Finnish town of Kokkola. The wind farm has four Nordex N131 turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each. The location has average wind speeds of 7.3 m/sec at the hub height of the turbines, thus allowing for a capacity factor of 41 percent. This is the first wind energy investment by... more Read more »

Financial services investment in customer experience questioned as annual complaints rise

The total number of complaints against financial service institutions has increased, despite investment in customer service processes. Complaints data from Financial Ombudsman Service revealed a rise from 1,456,396 between 2017/2018 up from 1,394,379 the year before. Read more »

Close Brothers Asset Management selected Red Deer to support MiFID II processes

Red Deer, a financial technology company dedicated to enhancing the performance of active investment managers, is pleased to announce that Close Brothers Asset Management, a leading wealth manager, has improved its MiFID II processes by implementing Red Deer’s Research Management solution to better manage its research budgets and enforce stricter controls around inducement across its investment business.  Read more »

Target enters Transfer Agency market with Bravura partnership

Target Group, the business process outsourcing and operational transformation provider, has today announced it is bringing an enhanced digital service solution to the transfer agency (TA) market for investment firms by partnering with Bravura Solutions. Read more »

Investment analysts will be able to develop independent research businesses through Boost Research, the first grassroots accelerator by Smartkarma

Expert mentorship, financial support, data and office services as well as direct access to the global Smartkarma network available Read more »

Profile introduces Axia Robo Advisor that delivers unique automation to address new markets

Profile Software, an international financial solutions provider, today announced the introduction of its Axia Robo Advisor solution, which automates all investment management operations targeted to wealth management firms and banks that want to address a wider market of investors. Read more »

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