Investor Services

Standard Bank has received five prestigious awards with the Africa Global Funds publication

We have been awarded another five prestigious awards with the Africa Global Funds publication in their AGF Africa Service Providers Awards.

These accolades include:

•Best sub custodian, an award we have consistently won since 2016
•Best securities lending agent, another accolade we proudly carry since 2016
•Best investment administrator for pension funds (this award was added in 2018, we are thus the first winners of this category)
•Best derivatives clearing agent (this award was added in 2018, we are thus the first winners of this category); and
•Best CIS trustee (this award was added in 2018, we are thus the first winners of this category).

Africa Global Funds (AGF) is a monthly magazine for asset management professionals and institutional investors worldwide interested in the African continent. The awards were created to honour and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of fund service providers covering Africa and are the only international awards dedicated to celebrating excellence in African fund services. Entrants were asked to submit a case study showcasing evidence of a satisfactory client outcome, the key differentiators of our service and amongst other things the use of innovation and technology.

“Once again we can be proud of being Africa’s most awarded Bank – not just by the standards of the local industry, but we are being recognised and respected by the global investors community. This shows that we remain in a unique position to serve the market and partner with our clients as they grow, shape and participate in the future of Africa.” says Charl Bruyns, Head: Investor Services and Financial Institutions.

Trust us with your demanding and exacting assets-in-transit requirements

From processing cross-border securities trades, safekeeping clients' financial assets and servicing their portfolio, the role of the global custodian has expanded to include securities lending and investment administration. Investor Services at Standard Bank is a leading provider of an extensive and sophisticated range of custodial and investment related services, and is uniquely positioned to service local and foreign institutional investors from South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our well-established and broad range of services includes:

  • Settlement and safekeeping services for local equities, bonds and money market instruments
  • Monitoring of corporate actions
  • Global custody services in 101 international markets through our alliance with the Bank of New York
  • Securities lending
  • Trustee services
  • Investment administration including investment accounting, compliance monitoring and performance measurement
  • Regional custody network service capabilities in 11 sub-Saharan Africa markets including South Africa
  • American Depository Receipts (ADRs)
  • Electronic access to custody and settlement information for assets held at our Investor Services division

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Why talk to us?
  • Our technical expertise and continuous investment in technology ensures we remain at the cutting edge of service provision.
  • We offer a broad range of products and services, and work with our clients to develop innovative solutions that complement our core custodial offering.
  • We provide an integrated and holistic solution for our clients, providing access to Standard Bank's banking, institutional brokerage and equity derivatives specialists, as well as foreign exchange and cash management services.
  • We service eight of the top 10 global custodians and six of the top 10 brokers .
  • Standard Bank settles over 40% of all securities transactions processed through STRATE, the South African Central Securities Depository for listed securities (STRATE).
  • We act as trustee to 17 unit trust management companies with approximately 470 portfolios and over USD54.8 billion in collective investment scheme assets.
  • Our strategic alliance with the Bank of New York  and our presence in sub-Saharan Africa enable us to provide custodial and securities services around the clock in more than 100 international markets and 10 sub-Saharan countries.
  • As one of the leading providers of South African custodial services, Standard Bank’s key differentiator is our consultative approach to relationships, combined with executive management’s commitment to the custodial services business. This commitment is evidenced by the following:
    • Extensive experience and product offerings
    • Investments in technology platforms for custody, accounting and internet
    • Constant drive to enhance products or service levels
    • Leadership position in the market which empowers Standard Bank to drive and initiate market developments and issues
    • We provide an electronic solution, Custody Communications via our Business Online channel, for clients to access custody and settlement information for assets held at our Investor Services division.
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