Assets on GBST’s award-winning wealth management platform, Composer®, increased by almost a fifth (18%) to nearly £180 billion, and active accounts rose by 7% to reach 3.4 million in the year ended December 2021.
The continued year-on-year increase in assets reflects the success of GBST’s UK wealth management clients, the advancement of its underlying technology stack alongside the success of client implementations, and the company’s ongoing commitment to developing and adding new functionality and features to meet evolving industry needs.
GBST continues to lead the way with innovative pensions functionality – more than 66% of assets on held on Composer® are within pension wrappers, covering both accumulation and at retirement propositions. This compares to an average of 49% across all advised platforms (i). The firm’s leading position reflects the platform’s ability to support- as described by independent wealth consultancy Altus – “the widest functionality and broadest range of wrappers of any retail platform software in the UK.” Alongside pensions and annuities, Composer® offers the full range of ISAs, general investment accounts and on- and off-shore bonds, all on a single technology platform covering direct, advised and workplace distribution channels.
Over the last 12 months, GBST’s technology upgrade and digital transformation programme have continued on schedule, including moving Composer® to the latest cloud-based technology, enabling clients to benefit from increased integration options, lower technology operating costs, and a more intuitive user experience. The company’s recent acquisition by Anchorage Capital Partners ensures continued investment into its best-in-market solutions to support existing clients and future opportunities both in the UK and globally.
David Simpson, Head of EMEA, GBST, comments: “Throughout the last two years, we have focussed on continuing to develop and modernise our technology while delivering exceptional client support to further cement our long-standing relationships. We are strongly positioned to drive further growth, accelerate the development of our financial services technology and digital solutions, and explore new opportunities to support existing and prospective clients.”
(i) As at 30 September 2021. Source: the lang cat