Will also launch back office services for HALO annuity marketplace planned for later this year
SAN FRANCISCO and CHICAGO, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Halo Investments, Inc. (“Halo”) and RetireOne®—the leading independent platform for fee-based insurance solutions—announced a partnership that expands RetireOne’s portfolio protection offerings with structured notes. The partnership between Halo and RetireOne will further cement with the addition of annuities on the platform in the second half of 2020.
“Using Halo’s powerful, easy-to-use structured note trading platform, our RIA partners can choose curated structured notes, or they can design, price, and bid out custom-built solutions,” said RetireOne CEO David Stone. “Clients of our RIA partners who want and need protections for their portfolios can now layer in the kinds of principal protections that have traditionally been expensive, and available only to qualified or institutional investors through brokers.”
Looking Beyond Fixed Income Solutions
Low interest rates are pressuring RIAs to look beyond traditional fixed income for risk-off solutions. Given recent market swings, low-cost structured notes have earned a place in client portfolio allocations. Structured notes are a global investment product with over $3 trillion of assets that remains relatively small domestically at just over $60 billion.
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with a firm that shares the same principles in serving the RIA market,” said HALO co-founder and CEO Biju Kulathakal. “Halo’s technology helps analyze, customize, execute, manage and liquidate structured notes in an efficient and transparent way. This brings clients much needed access and competition to the structured note market. Partnering with RetireOne helps us grow distribution among some of the largest RIA firms in the United States and allows us to leverage their expertise and guidance in curated product selection as we build our annuity marketplace.”
A structured note is a hybrid security that helps an investor target a level of expected returns and protection levels over a set period of time. Issued by major financial institutions, these instruments can generate returns in up, down and flat markets.
Enhancing The Client Experience
“We collaborate with partners who enhance our client experience,” Kulathakal said. “The RetireOne team delivers tremendous service without charging any fees to advisors or their clients and keeping costs low is important to us. We look forward to working with RetireOne to bring diverse protection solutions to investors as they grow retirement assets.”
Serving over 900 RIAs and fee-based advisors since 2011, Aria Retirement Solutions’ RetireOne® is the leading, independent platform for fee-based insurance solutions. With offerings from multiple “A” rated companies, RIAs may access this fiduciary marketplace at no additional cost to them or their clients. Currently servicing over $1 billion of retirement savings and income investments, RetireOne continues to grow in its mission to provide advisors and their clients valuable retirement solutions that are simple to use, easy to understand, and delivered with outstanding service. Learn more at RetireOne.com and follow us on Twitter @RetireOne.
Halo is a protective investing platform that connects investors with global issuers of structured investment products. As the first independent multi-issuer technology platform for structured notes, Halo offers clients a technology platform built on transparency, competition and price efficiency. Our goal is to build a marketplace for defined outcome investing by democratizing access to these products previously only available to the ultra-wealthy and institutional investors. This has helped Halo become one of the largest structured note platforms in the world, and one of the fastest growing companies in capital markets. Learn more at haloinvesting.com