“ Number of private bank and wealth manager clients climbs 5% in the past year ”

- 2016 Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey

“ Increasing demand by clients to move investments offshore ”

- 2016 Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey

“ Only 4% of SA's fresh fruit is exported to Africa ”

- 2014 NDP Report

“ NDP aims to ensure an African language is taught in every school by 2019 from 10% currently ”

- 2014 NDP Report

“ NDP aims to improve life expectancy from 61.3 years to 70 years by 2030 ”

- NDP Report 2014

“ 28% of stockbroking clients trade ETFs, up from 18% in 2013 ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey

“ 14% of stockbroking clients trade CFDs, down from 21% in 2013 ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey

“ 90% of stockbroker clients are long-only equities traders ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey

“ NDP target: 90% of households to have minimum sanitation standards by 2019 from 84% now ”

- 2014 NDP Report

“ Total revenue for wealth firms and private banks grew by an average of 22% in the past year ”

- 2016 Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey

“ Asset managers applying pressure to justify costs of research ”

- 2016 Ranking the Analysts survey

“ Regulators want asset managers to justify costs to end clients ”

- 2016 Ranking the Analysts survey

“ NDP goal: by 2019, 75% of pupils in grades 3, 6 and 9 should score at least 50% in literacy, maths and science ”

- 2014 NDP Report

“ 83% of clients rate their stockbroker good or excellent ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey

“ 60% of stockbroker clients execute only one to three trades a month and 6% do more than 12 ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey

“ Separating research and execution costs proving difficult ”

- 2016 Ranking the Analysts survey

“ Analyst time still skewed towards those firms that pay a lot for dealing ”

- 2016 Ranking the Analysts survey

“ Private banks and wealth managers manage assets worth close to R700bn ”

- 2016 Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey

“ The total value generated from BEE deals by the top 100 JSE-listed companies in the 20 years to end-2014 is R317bn ”

- The value of BEE deals

“ Staff schemes have gained R52bn in BEE deals by the top 100 JSE-listed companies over 20 years ”

- The value of BEE deals

“ Strategic investors have gained R196bn in BEE deals by the top 100 JSE-listed companies over 20 years ”

- The value of BEE deals

“ Community schemes have gained R69bn in BEE deals by the top 100 JSE-listed companies over 20 years ”

- The value of BEE deals

“ Mining has been the biggest creator of value in both absolute and relative terms in total BEE deals by the top 100 JSE-listed companies ”

- The value of BEE deals

“ Website security and platform efficiency are the most important factors to stockbroker clients ”

- 2015 Top Stockbrokers Survey
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SA’s Top Stockbrokers

Intellidex conducted the inaugural Top Stockbroker of the Year awards in 2010 and it has since established itself as the industry’s premier rankings.

TTopbrokers Logo-1024x682he four firms winning the major awards in this year’s Top Stockbroker survey make an interesting contrast.

Standard Online Share Trading/Stockbroking is the Top Stockbroker of the Year, slightly ahead of last year’s winner, EasyEquities/GT247. Consilium Securities is ranked the Top Advice-Based Stockbroker and GT247.com/EasyEquities is the Top Online trader. DWT Securities takes the People’s Choice award, which is prized highly because it is determined solely by client feedback. The other awards are based on an assessment by research house Intellidex, which is strongly informed by client views.

The survey of SA’s stockbrokers is in its seventh year and has established itself as the leading assessment of the industry. It is conducted by Intellidex, a specialist financial research house.

The structure and nature of the survey has been informed by our experience built up over the past six surveys, as well feedback from the stockbroking community and stockbroking clients.

In 2015 the survey format changed substantially with more emphasis placed on specific offerings to clients and client satisfaction ratings, and less emphasis on how stockbrokers would cater to different client archetypes. We also changed the awards last year to recognise the top online broker and the top advice-based (telephone) broker. We maintained that format this year.

The research follows three legs. First, a comprehensive questionnaire is sent to stockbrokers, asking for details of their products, pricing and market positioning. Second, a mystery shopping and desktop research exercise is undertaken by Intellidex analysts to verify information provided and assess transparency and responsiveness. And finally, a major online survey is undertaken of retail stockbroking clients.

An in-depth analysis of the results is undertaken, allocating scores to each stockbroker’s performance in various categories based on the information provided, our own assessments and feedback from the client survey. The point weightings are generally guided by the range in the market, so for example when calculating value for money the cheapest broker is scored 5/5 and the most expensive is scored 1/5. Points are awarded proportionately to the brokers between these extremes.

The 2016 survey report as published in FM Investors Monthly magazine can be found here.

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