The Winners

The ADVFN International Financial Awards recognise and celebrate the best of breed products and services from across the financial industry, both nationally and internationally

1 Best Social Trading Platform ayondo
2 Self Select ISA Provider of the Year Barclays Stockbrokers
3 Best Execution Only Stockbroker Barclays Stockbrokers
4 Best Spread Betting and CFD Education Tools CMC Markets
5 Best Crowdfunding Platform Crowdcube
6 Best Research Provider Edison
7 Wealth Manager of the Year Fisher Investments Europe
8 Best CFD Advisory Service Galvan Research and Trading
9 Best Stockbroker for International Dealing Halifax Share Dealing
10 Best Business TV Journalist Ian King
11 Best Multi Platform Provider IG
12 Best Spread Betting Platform IG
13 Best Finance App IG
14 Best Currency Exchange Service Investec
15 Best Newspaper Tipster John Ficenec
16 Best UK Property Investment Provider MBi Consulting
17 Best Investment Magazine MoneyWeek
18 Best Fund Information Platform Morningstar
19 Best Online Trading Services Plus500
20 Best Advisory Stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley
21 Best Financial Print Journalist Richard Fletcher
22 Finance Blogger of the Year Robbie Burns
23 Best Trading Innovation Social Stock Exchange
24 Best ETP Provider Societe Generale
25 Best Alternative Investments Provider Stanley Gibbons
26 Best Forex Platform Swissquote
27 Best Managed Funds Provider TD Direct Investing
28 Best SIPP Provider TD Direct Investing
29 Best Low Cost Stockbroker TD Direct Investing
30 Best Financial Newsletter The Daily Reckoning
31 Financial Publication of the Year The Economist
32 Best Online Stockbroker The Share Centre
33 Best Trading Education Provider Trendsignal

ayondo stands out from its competitors with its unique combination of both a sophisticated self-execution trading platform, TradeHub®, and its innovative Social Trading platform.

 

Traders can choose to do either CFD Trading or Spread Betting with the latest charts, tools and low trading costs, or instead can embark on a Social Trading journey, either as a Follower or a Top Trader. This means that they can be someone who follows and automatically copies the trades of “Top Traders”, or be the “Top Trader” who lets their trades be copied.

 

ayondo prioritizes transparency and ease-of-use and this is clear with our simple, intuitive platform which we constantly adapt to the needs of our traders. Our Client Service team is second to none, and offers a personalized service to all our clients. We have introduced additional insurance of up to £500,000 for all our clients at our own cost, on top of the FSCS cover, as well as Negative Balance Protection which means we never seek to recover losses from you if your losses exceed your account balance.

 

 

Barclays Stockbrokers is one of the UK’s leading execution-only stockbrokers offering investors a cost effective and convenient way to make their own investment decisions. The company is committed to helping clients on their investment journey by offering state-of-the-art investment functionality, as well as a broad and diverse range of products and accounts and a dedicated UK-based Client Service Team.

 

Barclays Stockbrokers was established in 1986 and is part of Barclays Bank Group. Barclays is a major global financial services provider with over 300 years of history and expertise.

Barclays Stockbrokers is one of the UK’s leading execution-only stockbrokers offering investors a cost effective and convenient way to make their own investment decisions. The company is committed to helping clients on their investment journey by offering state-of-the-art investment functionality, as well as a broad and diverse range of products and accounts and a dedicated UK-based Client Service Team.

 

Barclays Stockbrokers was established in 1986 and is part of Barclays Bank Group. Barclays is a major global financial services provider with over 300 years of history and expertise.

CMC Markets is a leading global provider of spread betting, CFD trading and FX, with over 25 years' online retail financial services experience. We enable clients to trade a broad range of financial products – including indices, forex, commodities and shares – through our award-winning Next Generation trading platform, supported by sophisticated charting, competitive pricing and automated execution.

As the world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional business angel, venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them more control and access to more investors. For investors, Crowdcube provides them with a way to cherry-pick a stake in an innovative business that traditionally would have been restricted to corporate investors. In addition, they can benefit from a fixed return per annum by lending money to more established companies via the bond offering on Crowdcube.

 

Since February 2011, more than 240,000 savvy investors have registered with Crowdcube, helping to raise over £135 million of equity finance for over 350 raises. It has also enjoyed two exits with Camden Town Brewery (sold to AB InBev) and E-Car Club (sold to Europcar) marking the first exits for crowdfunding investors.

 

Edison is an international equity research firm with a team of over 110 analysts, investment and roadshow professionals who work with leading companies, fund managers and investment banks worldwide to support their capital markets activity. Edison provides services to more than 420 retained corporate and investor clients from its offices in London, New York, Frankfurt, Sydney and Wellington.

 

Companies of all sizes benefit from Edison’s research service, where it provides the highest standards of research and unrivalled distribution of its reports on a truly global and unrestricted basis. Its corporate services also include an Investor Access service where Edison actively markets companies to professional investors, with a particular focus on private client wealth managers, and a Commercial Due Diligence Service where it assists companies, private equity houses and corporate finance teams in identifying and assessing potential corporate transactions.

 

Fisher Investments Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fisher Investments, a private, independent multi-billion dollar investment management company. Fisher Investments Europe offers a wide range of wealth management strategies for individuals and institutions. Fisher Investments Europe has a respected reputation for devising bespoke investment plans and managing the diverse needs of high net worth individuals across a range of international investment structures and in tax efficient environments.

Galvan Research and Trading is the UK’s number one CFD advisor. Established in 2004, the company has built a strong reputation within the industry. The team at Galvan has won a number of major awards, including an ADVFN International Financial Award, over the last 12 years. Its aim is to provide investors of all sizes with professional advice and an approachable service. This means each client at Galvan is looked after by their own personal trader. Galvan specialises in CFDs as it firmly believes they are the most innovative and versatile product available to investors today. Galvan clients get the peace of mind from knowing that regulation by the FCA means the highest level of governance and transparency.

Halifax Share Dealing Limited is one of the UK’s leading execution only online stockbrokers offering investors a platform to buy and sell shares in UK and international companies across a range of markets. 

 

The company was established in 1997 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group, a UK based financial services group providing a wide range of banking and financial services, focused on personal and commercial customers.

 

Ian King joined Sky News as Business Presenter in April 2014. His show, Ian King Live, is broadcast live from the iconic Gherkin building in the City of London and sees Ian interview the biggest names in business, finance and economics. Ian regularly appears on Sky News throughout the day to offer commentary and analysis on breaking news stories.

 

Ian has been a business journalist for national newspapers and on television for more than two decades. His career in business journalism began at the Daily Telegraph, after which he worked on the business desks of both The Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. He then became Business Editor of The Sun.

 

In 2008, Ian joined The Times as Deputy Business Editor, before being promoted to Business & City Editor at the beginning of 2011. Unusually for a business journalist, Ian also has practical experience of the City, having worked for more than three years as a business analyst for Midland Bank Group.

 

IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial spread betting firm, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs* and a global leader in forex, and it now offers an execution-only stockbroking service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. 

 

*Based on revenue excluding FX, from published financial statements, September 2015.

 

IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial spread betting firm, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs* and a global leader in forex, and it now offers an execution-only stockbroking service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. 

 

*Based on revenue excluding FX, from published financial statements, September 2015.

 

IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial spread betting firm, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs* and a global leader in forex, and it now offers an execution-only stockbroking service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. 

 

*Based on revenue excluding FX, from published financial statements, September 2015.

 

Our Currency Access Account is the ideal foreign currency account for moving your money through different currencies and perfect for any foreign exchange transactions you wish to complete via our specialist FX dealers.

This foreign currency account makes managing your finances easy, giving you the security of a bank whilst keeping the proactive services of an FX broker. Open your Currency Access Account today and experience foreign exchange services with Investec.

 

John Ficenec is Editor of the Questor column at Telegraph Media Group working across the Daily and Sunday titles and online. He is a qualified accountant who trained at KPMG before moving into asset management and the private equity industry.

 

He has worked in financial journalism since 2011 and joined the Telegraph in 2013.

 

With a growing portfolio of UK commercial property, MBi Consulting UK Ltd has a proven track record of identifying and creating opportunities within the UK income-generating asset marketplace. MBi offers developments that are built upon a sustainable business model ensuring the long-term success of the operational business. With several successfully completed projects, MBi continues to deliver commercially viable developments that offer high net-worth individuals attractive returns based on sound industry insight and expertise.

 

MoneyWeek is Britain's best-selling weekly investment magazine. It was launched in 2001 with the goal of helping investors make sense of the ever-growing barrage of financial news.

 

Each week, MoneyWeek cuts through the mountain of newsprint, research reports and online data to offer a punchy, easy-to-read analysis of the week’s most important financial and economic stories, along with practical investment advice.

 

Under editor-in-chief Merryn Somerset Webb and editor John Stepek, the magazine campaigns for a better deal for private investors, and has a track record of getting the big calls right.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors.
 
It provides data on approximately 510,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 17 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.
 
Morningstar has operations in 27 countries.

 

Plus500 is a leading provider of Contracts for Difference (CFDs), delivering trading facilities on shares, forex, commodities, options and indices, alongside innovative trading technology.
 
Plus500 has developed and operates an online trading platform for retail customers to trade CFDs internationally over more than 2,000 different underlying global financial instruments comprising equities, ETFs, foreign exchange, indices and commodities. The Group enables retail customers to trade CFDs in more than 50 countries. The trading platform is accessible from multiple operating systems (Windows, smartphones (iOS Android and windows) and tablets (iOS and Android)) and the internet.
 
Plus500 Ltd, a public company traded on the London Stock Exchange, operates its CFD business through its subsidiaries: Plus500UK Ltd. which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); Plus500AU Pty Ltd issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); and Plus500CY Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

 

Established in 1875, Redmayne-Bentley is one of the UK's largest independently owned stockbrokers. The Firm is a member of the London Stock Exchange and the Wealth Management Association (WMA) and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company has almost 40 branches nationwide providing traditional stockbroking and investment management services.

 

Redmayne-Bentley offers a specialist service managing a wide range of investments primarily within individual advisory and discretionary bespoke portfolios with competitive management fees and a transparent charging structure. The firm does not provide advice on life assurance and other financial planning products and therefore, is recognised by the FCA as a restricted advice firm.

 

It is the second consecutive year that Redmayne-Bentley has received the award for ‘Best Advisory Stockbroker’ at the ADVFN International Financial Awards.  The firm was also named ‘Best Full Service Stockbroker’ at the Investors Chronicle and Financial Times Awards 2014 & 2015.

 

Investments and income arising from them can fall in value and you may get back less than you originally invested.

 

Richard Fletcher is currently the business editor of The Times.

 

He had been a financial journalist for over two decades - apart from a "sabbatical" as editor of Telegraph.co.uk - during which time he learnt all about the appeal of Victoria's Secret picture galleries.

 

Previous roles include city editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. He has also worked for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Business and Investors Chronicle.

 

His first job in newspapers was delivering them.

 

Robbie Burns - AKA The Naked Trader - left his job as a finance editor for BskyB to trade full-time, and has been a successful trader for more than ten years. He has also written best selling book The Naked Trader (which has had several editions) and The Naked Trader's Guide to Spread Betting. He also wrote the DIY Pension column for the Sunday Times for three years, which chronicled how he doubled the money in his pension scheme.

 

His website is simply his diary/blog, which details what he’s bought, sold or shorted, with brief explanations as to why. He is not a ‘tipster’, rather a trader who states his positions.

 

The Social Stock Exchange provides access to the world’s first regulated exchange dedicated to businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities.

 

Our mission is to create an efficient, universally accessible buyers’ and sellers’ public marketplace where investors and businesses of all sizes can achieve greater impact either through capital allocation or capital raising.

 

For more information please visit: socialstockexchange.com

 

Societe Generale is the world’s largest issuer of Exchange Traded Products, with a 20 year track record of providing an outstanding trading service.

 

Societe Generale’s range of ETPs allow investors to enhance potential returns in rising or falling markets, safe in the knowledge that they can never lose more than their initial investment. SG’s ETPs are listed on the London Stock Exchange and trade like a share through a stockbroker account. Included within this offer are SG’s flagship range of Short and Leveraged ETPs, which allow investors to gain 3 or 5 times the daily rise or fall of their favourite equity index, commodity or FX pair.

 

Follow us on Twitter at @SG_ETP_UK or visit our website at www.sgetp.co.uk to find out more.

 

Established in 1856, The Stanley Gibbons Group plc is the world’s leading rare stamp and prestige collectibles merchant with offices in the UK, US, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

 
Holders of the Royal Warrant as philatelists since 1914 and AIM-listed in London the company serves pre-eminent collectors, investors, philatelists and numismatists all over the world and helps them secure high quality heritage assets as a long term store of value.
 
 

Pioneering online trading technologies since 1997, Swissquote has rapidly grown to rank among the top 10 Forex brokers worldwide, serving over 220,000 private and institutional clients.

Swissquote Ltd, its London-based subsidiary, is committed to empowering traders in the European Union with innovative software and online services. It offers state-of-the-art trading platforms fully integrated with deep liquidity pools, delivering pinpoint execution on currency pairs, commodities, stock indices and bonds.

Clients benefit from the support of its multicultural team of trading experts, as well as its experienced financial research team who deliver exclusive Forex market analysis throughout the day.

 

Since starting out in the UK in 1997, TD Direct Investing has grown to become one of the UK’s leading online execution-only brokers, with approximately 300,000 UK customers and managing £13 billion in assets (stocks and cash) on their behalf. TD leads the industry on simplifying and demystifying DIY brokering and is focused on providing a high value (having launched new pricing, removing exit fees, leading the drive for increased transparency in DIY investing and introducing a raft of new tools to help investors take control of their money).  TD recently launched their new I Can brand proposition, which is all about helping investors feel more confident about the investment decisions they make. Customers can trade and manage their investments online or with a TD smartphone or tablet app.

 

 

Since starting out in the UK in 1997, TD Direct Investing has grown to become one of the UK’s leading online execution-only brokers, with approximately 300,000 UK customers and managing £13 billion in assets (stocks and cash) on their behalf. TD leads the industry on simplifying and demystifying DIY brokering and is focused on providing a high value (having launched new pricing, removing exit fees, leading the drive for increased transparency in DIY investing and introducing a raft of new tools to help investors take control of their money).  TD recently launched their new I Can brand proposition, which is all about helping investors feel more confident about the investment decisions they make. Customers can trade and manage their investments online or with a TD smartphone or tablet app.

 

Since starting out in the UK in 1997, TD Direct Investing has grown to become one of the UK’s leading online execution-only brokers, with approximately 300,000 UK customers and managing £13 billion in assets (stocks and cash) on their behalf. TD leads the industry on simplifying and demystifying DIY brokering and is focused on providing a high value (having launched new pricing, removing exit fees, leading the drive for increased transparency in DIY investing and introducing a raft of new tools to help investors take control of their money).  TD recently launched their new I Can brand proposition, which is all about helping investors feel more confident about the investment decisions they make. Customers can trade and manage their investments online or with a TD smartphone or tablet app.

 

The Daily Reckoning is a free email newsletter with a simple aim: to provide UK investors with an alternative and often contrarian view of not just the financial markets but also the economy at large.

 

Everyone has access to mainstream ideas, but it’s only ideas outside the mainstream that can offer you the biggest returns.

 

That’s been the DR’s ethos since it was founded in 1999. 

 

You can sign up to receive the latest insight from The Daily Reckoning for free at: www.dailyreckoning.co.uk

 

With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary. In addition to the web-only content such as blogs, debates and audio/video programmes available on the websiteThe Economist is available to download for reading on Android, Blackberry PlayBook, iPhone or iPad devices. The Economist Espresso, our daily briefing smartphone app, is also available for download via iTunes App Store or Google Play.

 

The Share Centre’s reputation for plain speaking, fair value and quality advice has ensured its place as one of the UK’s leading retail stockbrokers with more than 265,000 Share Accounts and ISAs. Passionate about investment, its investor accounts and services are designed to make investing in the stock market easy, whether online or by phone. Customers can deal in a wide range of investments; the company offers ISAs for straightforward, tax-efficient saving, and it makes investing for children and retirement hassle free.

 

Since 2003, Trendsignal has been providing people with the skills required to trade the financial markets. The powerful and “simple to use” strategies combined with our comprehensive training and support have enabled people of all experience levels to learn to trade forex, indices, commodities and shares.

The strategies we teach are based on our proprietary and unique indicators. These trading indicators and strategies were first used by institutions and brokers to promote more disciplined trading. The popularity and more importantly the success of the analysis prompted the development of the Trendsignal indicators for use by individuals in the retail market.

Whilst the indicators have had a number of upgrades over the years, the essence of the indicators and philosophy remains the same now as it was then, to provide individual traders with high quality, yet simple to use, rules based trading strategies that work.

 

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