BOSTON — Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions (FCCS) -- the division of Fidelity Investments® that provides clearing and custody services to registered investment advisors (RIAs), broker-dealers and family offices -- today announced that it has entered into strategic relationships with U.S. Bank and Goldman Sachs to provide access to loans for eligible clients of the wealth management firms that FCCS serves.
In addition to the securities-based lending solutions that FCCS already offers, wealth management firms now have expanded access to non-purpose loans through U.S. Bank and Goldman Sachs, which are secured by the client's brokerage account assets.
"Wealth management firms are increasingly asked to manage both the asset and liability side of a client's balance sheet and are looking for a choice of lending solutions and providers, so we continue to see strong demand for these types of products," said Mike Durbin, head of Fidelity Institutional Product. "By working with several of the major providers in the lending space, our platform offers firms a full suite of options to best meet their clients' needs."
U.S. Bank's offering consists of non-purpose lending to clients secured by assets on the Fidelity platform. In addition to the securities-based lending program, wealth management firms can access other sophisticated credit products through the U.S. Bank Private Banking team.
"In today's competitive marketplace, adding custom banking products to an advisor's practice can be an important advantage, enabling advisors to offer more financial options to their clients than ever before and helping them to build stronger client relationships," said Rachel Ferguson, national private banking director for U.S. Bank. "Advisors are able to retain clients' assets and maintain the integrity of client accounts while providing their clients with access to comprehensive and customized banking solutions. This interconnected approach between the advisor and private banking team helps support clients' overall financial plans through a seamless and personalized experience."
Goldman Sachs Private Bank Select™ (GS Select), a new online platform from the firm's Private Bank, provides advisors the ability to offer securities-based loans between $75,000 and $25 million from GS Bank USA to eligible clients. GS Select reduces the processing time for a loan from several weeks to as little as one day by digitizing the loan origination process. The platform combines proprietary technology with personalized support from a dedicated team of lending managers to streamline the borrowing process.
"To help institutions meet their clients' borrowing needs, we developed a new, digitized lending program. GS Select was built upon our wealth management and lending expertise to help independent advisors enhance their client relationships," said Andrew Kaiser, head of the Goldman Sachs Private Bank. "By applying technology across the life cycle of a loan—from origination through collateral management—we are able to more quickly and effectively meet the needs of financial advisors and their clients."
In addition to these strategic relationships with U.S. Bank and Goldman Sachs, FCCS will continue to provide margin borrowing and non-purpose loans to eligible clients of the wealth management firms they serve. FCCS will also continue to offer a comprehensive suite of cash management products to meet investors' spending and cash management needs, including credit cards, debit cards, checking, bill pay, and a variety of sophisticated money movement tools.
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