Institutional investment researcher Frontier Advisors has expanded its client base, partnering with self-licensed advice practice Perks Private Wealth.
The partnership is the first of its kind for Frontier, which primarily advises institutional clients with $600 billion in funds under advice and is best known for its work with industry funds.
Perks is a self-licensed, South Australian-based wealth advisory firm with 200 staff and $1.2 billion in funds under management.
Frontier CEO Andrew Polson tells Professional Planner the researcher has partnered over the last couple of years with boutique investment consultant Context Capital to bring more institutional- grade advice to the wealth market.
“For time now we’ve been looking at the wealth space and probably about three years ago really started talking with some partners in the space,” he says.
There are plans to growth further in the market, but Polson says the aim is to “walk before we run”.
“This is a slightly different arrangement not just for the prospective clients but for also platforms to understand how this can come together,” Polson says.
“For us, both on our own and with Context, we are looking at that part of the market closely and indeed there is a solid pipeline there. We see this becoming a much bigger part of our business in time.”
The other areas Frontier has expanded into include small institutions in the endowment and not-for-profit market, including universities and governments.
Polson says more than half of the firm’s clients now come from outside the super fund sector.