Our clients

OUR CLIENTS

Winterflood Business Services caters to financial intermediaries such as asset managers, banks, financial advisers, institutions, life insurers, platform providers, private client brokers, and wealth managers. WBS seeks to help industry operators better meet the challenges of a rapidly changing regulatory and technical environment through the provision of bespoke and flexible dealing, custody and settlement services.

 

CASE STUDIES

Retail Distribution Review (RDR) – New trading opportunities

The introduction of RDR obliged investment advisers, such as life insurers, IFAs and Funds Managers, to review their business models, pricing and delivery in order to provide clients with more transparent, resilient and cost effective services. After facilitating adviser charging, platform service providers have shifted their focus to providing a broader range of products and asset classes including Equities, Fixed Income, ETFs, Investment Trusts etc. Through WBS, fund platforms can strengthen their investment proposition by widening asset coverage and enabling their clients to access an unconstrained asset universe. Asset flexibility can be key in volatile markets, and through extending asset support it will ensure that advisers and investment partners will not have to compromise investment choices due to asset availability.

Outsourced dealing – Improved execution efficiency at controlled costs

MiFID had a major impact on the financial market landscape creating liquidity fragmentation. Technology was the response to help financial institutions deal with this problem, but trading technology is an extra cost that dealing desks must support. This has pushed companies to consider outsourcing this function which not only allows them to obtain greater efficiency and cost savings, but also to gain access to a wider range of asset classes and broaden their geographic coverage. This will give some firms expansion opportunities without the constraints (e.g. working on overnight orders) as well as relieving them from regulatory and reporting burdens. WBS is continually developing its dealing model in order to provide its’ customers a straightforward and comprehensive dealing solution. This is thanks to its technology, experience and the wide access to markets, exchanges and MTFs that it has developed. Outsourced dealing allows our clients to focus their resources on their core business while we provide them with state of the art trading technology.

Enhance your dealing services with option such as order aggregation

For some platform providers, the RDR requirements have been embraced as a real opportunity to improve their client offering. Expert help from WBS enables providers to improve their stock broking service and lower their trading costs. For example, WBS provides an order aggregation service: all the client's orders are combined to one transaction therefore reducing the commission fees. Moreover this service removes the need of accounts rounding as all the disaggregation calculations are completed by WBS. Those additional dealing features allow platforms to improve their trading efficiency and reduce their cost.

PRESS RELEASES

How collaboration can help platforms stop advisers leaving

Darren Hepworth, Head of Service & Delivery at Winterflood Business Services offers some insights into key issues now facing adviser platforms.

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How fund houses can deliver best execution under MiFID II

Alex Kerry, head of Winterflood Business Services looks at how investment firms are addresses the myriad of challenges of delivering best execution.

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Five tech trends set to revolutionise wealth management

Thomas Lowe, head of product at Winterflood Business Services looks at how a wave of technological advances is set to revolutionise wealth management and advice by improving access, choice and knowledge. He explains the most important of these tech trends, from biodata to blockchain.

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