Ardan International started life in 2013, when it was named Acordias and backed by venture capital funding.
It took its name from a UK start-up also named Acordias, but which experienced some regulatory exigencies. In 2014, the business – which was already established by this time on the Isle of Man – was acquired by UK wealth manager and stockbroker Rowan Dartington for an undisclosed amount.
A few months later, it was rebranded as “Ardan”, which means “platform” in Manx.
Both Ardan and Rowan Dartington were then bought by St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group.
In November 2016, it was announced that Ardan International had subsequently been purchased by RL360, a life insurance company in the Isle of Man.
Ardan International are licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) to arrange deals and provide custody to client assets. Client assets and money are segregated to protect them.
The Isle of Man is a politically stable, financially strong, independent and well-respected international finance centre, with excellent trade links with the UK, EU and OECD member countries.
It operates to the highest level of regulatory standards.
The Isle of Man has an Aa1 rating from Moody’s, and has been recognised by the International Monetary Fund as a well-regulated offshore financial centre of excellence.
Ardan International has partnered with All Funds Bank to deliver access to a range of funds and other investments, and claim to be able to access over 80,000 funds, ETFs, stocks and bonds from around the world, in addition to structured notes.
Multi-currency options include USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY, SGD, HKD, AUD, AED, CAD, and ZAR.
Valuations are available online and, as is the benchmark for investment platforms of its type, so is a consolidated view of all investment wrappers.
Available investments include equities, ETFs, structured products, mainstream, alternative and thematic funds.
Full charges are not published on Ardan’s website, although custody is 0.4% pa.