Investment broker Exante gaining from trends in the online market

On-line brokers have been gaining ground on the big full-service firms since the 2008 crisis

Entreprenuer Kris Jes Petersen, Exante’s Communication Patrick J O Brien, Pierre Lindn, Co Founder Ambassador Events at recent event at Verdala Palace
Entreprenuer Kris Jes Petersen, Exante’s Communication Patrick J O Brien, Pierre Lindn, Co Founder Ambassador Events at recent event at Verdala Palace

Online brokers are chipping away at the market-share of traditional full-service brokers as traders migrate to their lower-cost models. Since the 2008 crisis, on-line brokers have been gaining ground on the big full-service firms and are expected to attract more of their clients and assets in the years ahead. Many investors with large firms have experienced significant portfolio losses since the recession hence they have become more cautious with their investment euros as they seek more control over their investments, so that they can make their own adjustments.

The technology and tools available to online brokerage customers and investors has improved greatly over the years, attracting even wealthier and more sophisticated clients. Online brokers offer trading facilities at a fraction of the cost charged by full-service brokers, who charge a premium for offering investment advice and the services of a relationship manager. But the number of people who just want a platform to trade on is slowly rising, with traders being the first to switch from the expensive full-service to the discount model. This is being driven primarily by the shift to online and mobile trading

One of these companies who have gained has been Exante Limited, an investment broker which has recieved much priase from the likes of Forbes, FT and Bloomberg presently. In Malta since 2011, the company has outperformed its expectations and now employs over 150 people. “Today’s DIY investor needs easy access to the tools and products that will help them make the most of their investment portfolios,” said Patrick J. O’ Brien, Exante Communication Director. “For example at Exante, investors can enjoy online access to our free research tools, invest in funds, access tax efficient products and trade on the go via the Exante App.  With over 50,000 financial instruments to choose from investors can apply online for an account with Exante and if successful, begin trading in over 50 international markets.”

 Brokers certainly have raised their game. But as regular followers of the contest know, most go through hot and cold streaks, so investors should look for durable, long-term out-performance. Online brokers have been gaining in popularity as it has become more common to bank, trade and invest online. New industry rules for 2014 have inadvertently encouraged more people to invest on their own, since they may not like the idea of making upfront payments for financial advice. The self-directed brokerage market continues to evolve as investors increasingly opt for greater control over their investments.

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