Endowus launches six new Satellite Portfolios in partnership with leading global fund managers


Endowus has launched Singapore’s first satellite portfolios with institutional funds and 100% trailer fee rebates. The professionally designed and curated portfolios allow Retail and Accredited investors to add Satellite positions in the industry-leading Endowus digital wealth app, with the goal of providing diversified sources of alpha (above market returns) for Endowus app users in addition to its top-performing Core Flagship and ESG portfolios.

The six portfolios, TechnologyGlobal Real EstateMegatrendsChina Equities, China Fixed Income, and Low-Volatility Fixed Income, were prioritised in response to strong customer demand for optimised exposure to these select market opportunities and more will follow in the coming months.

Each of these portfolios have gone through a rigorous quantitative and qualitative selection and portfolio optimisation process by the Endowus Investment Office. The team’s institutional screening process has identified best-in-class funds to build diversified portfolios most suitable for Singapore-based investors. Many of these funds were previously not available in Singapore, but were launched with Endowus to build these sophisticated Satellite portfolios.

“We are excited to launch the new Satellite portfolios that are professionally managed and optimised by Endowus in response to our clients’ needs. We worked closely with the leading global managers to bring best-in-class funds to build these popular satellite portfolios. They stand head and shoulders above other offerings in the market in terms of institutional sophistication and its diversified, optimised design. It perfectly complements our Core portfolios in allowing some active tilts to personal investment preferences to achieve better returns.” says Samuel Rhee, Chief Investment Officer of Endowus.

The Endowus Satellite Portfolios will feature funds managed by many award-winning world class managers such as AllianceBernstein, Allianz, BlackRock, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, FSSA, Fullerton, Janus Henderson, JP Morgan, Neuberger Berman, Schroders, Thematics, UOB Asset Management.

“Traditional financial advisors have long been incentivised by fund managers to sell their products. This may result in advisors recommending higher cost products for their own benefit, rather than choosing what is best for their clients’ profile and needs. As we offer new and exciting investment opportunities, it is important that we continue to do so in an unbiased manner—and in areas that complement our investors’ needs,” says Endowus Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Van.

Cost remains the single most important determinant of future returns, so being cost-efficient is a key factor in bringing successful outcomes to these portfolios. Endowus’ industry-first and ongoing commitment to 100% trailer fee rebates and no sales fees continues with these Satellite portfolios. This transparent cost structure, along with accessing much lower fund-level fees, culminates in an estimated 67% in cost savings for Endowus clients on average compared to traditional satellite investing offerings. This commitment also ensures that Endowus’ selection of funds is based solely on their track record, experience and ability to deliver on performance, rather than incentives provided by the fund managers.


AllianceBernstein Executes Landmark Corporate Bond Trade Utilizing Broadridge’s LTX® Trading Platform with Four Buyers on Same Block Trade


Leveraging next-gen technology, AllianceBernstein made fixed income trading history by becoming the first buy-side firm to receive aggregated liquidity from multiple buyers on the same block trade. The trade was enabled by LTX, A Broadridge Company (NYSE:BR), and powered by LTX’s patented RFX protocol. AllianceBernstein tapped into its dealer’s customer network to sell a large block of bonds and access aggregated liquidity from four buyers at once and in real time.

“A challenge facing many asset managers is how to trade blocks of bonds more efficiently,” said Tim Kurpis, Head of Investment Grade Trading, AllianceBernstein. “Most electronic solutions focus on smaller sizes and liquid bonds, but 70-75% of the corporate bond market still trades over the phone. LTX brings a different approach for accessing liquidity that offers new protocols to better match potential counterparties and allow multiple bids or offers for a bond.”

Instead of putting dealers in competition, LTX enables dealers to distribute bonds across their customer network, amplifying the buy-side’s opportunity to maximize liquidity and achieve improved best execution. Using LTX’s powerful artificial intelligence, AllianceBernstein’s dealer identified the potential natural buyers of the bond within their customer network, leading to the RFX trading invitation. Customers invited to participate in the RFX were able to bid for their preferred amount of bonds and improve their price as needed to fulfill their order.

“This is a major milestone for the fixed income market,” said Jim Toffey, CEO of LTX. “This is the latest example of how our next-gen RFX protocol benefits market participants and goes beyond electronifying the phone call to create a digital liquidity pool of natural counterparties that will move the bond market forward.”

To date, over 10 dealers and 40 asset managers representing a significant liquidity pool have joined the LTX platform, with an additional 50 firms in the pipeline to join at midyear. The number of RFX sessions on the platform has steadily increased since January 2021, and the platform recently surpassed the half-billion mark in total amount of bonds offered.