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 »

Multi-million-dollar reinvestment to enhance BSO’s global customer experience

Global network provider, BSO, today announced significant reinvestment back into the business to support its mission to deliver an even better service to its global customer base.  Read more »

Union Investment Enhances Work Processes with MobileIron

MobileIron, the secure foundation for modern work, announced today that the fund management company Union Investment successfully implemented its enterprise mobility strategy using MobileIron's platform and the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program (VPP) in order to secure a dashboard app that speeds up approvals and decision-making processes. Read more »

STOXX and RiskFirst to launch LDI indices

STOXX Ltd., the operator of Deutsche Börse Group’s index business and a global provider of innovative and tradable index concepts, announced today the launch of the new iSTOXX RiskFirst LDI index family as of 23 April 2018. This new offering has been jointly developed with RiskFirst, the UK’s leading provider of risk analytics and reporting solutions to the defined benefit pensions market. Read more »

EToro Adds EOS to Platform

eToro, the global trading and investment platform with over nine million users, has today added EOS onto its platform, bringing the total number of cryptocurrency assets available on the site to ten. EOS is the token linked to one of the most powerful infrastructures for decentralized applications. EOS is a blockchain-based, decentralized system that enables the development, hosting, and execution of commercial-scale decentralized applications (... more Read more »

Bamboo Capital Partners Exits from Latin American Microfinance Firm Mibanco

Bamboo Capital Partners (“Bamboo”), the pioneering private equity firm delivering positive social and financial value, today announces that it has exited its investment from Mibanco, Latin America’s largest microfinance bank by asset size, through a divestiture to Credicorp Ltd.  The transaction will see Bamboo selling its shares to Credicorp Ltd. for a total value of PEN 131.1m. This is based on a price per share of PEN 3.95.  Read more »

Paroc Group Capacity Expansion Investment in Poland Proceeds According to Plan

Paroc Group has recently launched a capacity expansion programme in its Trzemeszno plant in Poland to support its growth strategy for Central and West Europe. In addition to the positive market situation, two key macro drivers ‒ energy efficiency and fire safety – are expected to increase the demand for insulation materials. Paroc believes that the demand growth will be especially in favour of stone wool insulation materials due to its superior... more Read more »

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