Finally, the senior secured and high yield corporate bond and loan market is now accessible to the individual investor.
You no longer have to have millions to gain access to this exclusive asset class.
Here at WiseAlpha we are liberating this multi-trillion market for the masses so people can earn high quality fixed income by investing through our Notes.
WiseAlpha is an innovative online investment platform that gives members the opportunity to earn attractive returns by investing in corporate loans and bonds of well known British brand name companies.
Our platform is open to investment from private family offices or third party asset managers, and individual investors (subject to suitable qualification) who seek alternative investments to compliment their portfolio.
The WiseAlpha platform is an alternative to brokers and specialist funds who often charge upfront fees, management and performance fees and who may lock-up your money.
Members of WiseAlpha invest in wiseAlpha Participation Note(s), or “Note(s),” which reference and are backed by specific senior secured loans or bonds that WiseAlpha Limited acquires. The Note reflects the key economic terms of the specific underlying loan or bond with the company. WiseAlpha Notes have similar characteristics to a bond or debenture.
References on the WiseAlpha platform to senior secured loans purchased by members are actually the Notes referencing individual senior secured loans or bonds. If you hold Notes in your wiseAlpha account, WiseAlpha will distribute to you your pro rata portion of the principal and interest payments, if any, that WiseAlpha receives from borrowers via their agent banks on the corresponding senior secured loans or bonds, net of its 1.00% annual Services Fee.
A default is when a borrower has not met one or more covenants or payments under its loan or bond agreement. Usually a borrower will inform its lenders prior to when a default happens that this may occur. In this instance the loan or bond agreement is usually amended by consent of the required number of lenders but in the event this does not happen and a borrower breaches a covenant or payment it will be in default. At this stage lenders work with the borrower to find an agreement to amend the terms of the loan agreement in a way that is satisfactory to lenders or failing that (which is rare or the circumstances of the company are poor) lenders can enforce their security over the assets of the company. WiseAlpha will act on behalf of all investors in the Notes in negotiations around amendments to the underlying credit agreement for the loan or bond. We will update you as to the status of any amendments to the underlying credit agreements and any corresponding changes to the economic terms of your Notes as a result.
WiseAlpha Technologies Limited licenses the platform technology on an exclusive and perpetual basis to WiseAlpha Limited to assist the latter in carrying out its roles and functions.
WiseAlpha Technologies Limited is responsible for:
WiseAlpha Technologies Limited (FRN: 751087) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. WiseAlpha Technologies Limited is a company registered in England, with its registered office at Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB (Company No. 08967521).
WiseAlpha Limited is a separate legal entity to WiseAlpha Technologies Limited and is domiciled in the British Virgin Islands. The company's registered address is C/O Intertrust Corporate Services (BVI) Limited, Nemours Chambers, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, VG1110 (Company No.1838703)
Each member’s account is held with WiseAlpha Limited. In turn, wiseAlpha Limited utilises the services of Global Custodial Services Limited (“GCS”) to hold member’s funds. GCS is a sister company of Global Currency Exchange Network (“GCEN”) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA. GCS holds members’ cash balances with Santander plc.
In a situation where an adverse event occurred within WiseAlpha Technologies Limited, all members’ cash balances and investments in Notes would not be affected and would continue to be administered within WiseAlpha Limited.
WiseAlpha Limited is designed to be an administrative entity with its assets substantively (interests in the loans) matching it's liabilities (Notes issued to members). Its operational costs are minimal and are supported by the annual service fees generated by the WiseAlpha platform. WiseAlpha Limited in turn remunerates WiseAlpha Technologies Limited for licensing the platform technology and for the provision of ancillary support with the fees generated net of its operational costs. In the event however that WiseAlpha Limited went bankrupt the loan assets backing the Notes would be sold and the proceeds of each loan asset used for the benefit of members who had invested in the corresponding Notes.
1% Annual Servicing Fee
Based on all amounts invested and collected when the borrower makes an interest payment.
Payable if you sell any of your investments to other investors prior to maturity.
If members sell their Notes on the "secondary market", WiseAlpha charges the member a 0.25% Sale Fee based on the principal amount of the Notes that are sold. We only charge the Sale Fee if your Notes are purchased by WiseAlpha on the basis described here , and we deduct this Sale Fee from the proceeds of the sale.
Interest from WiseAlpha Notes is currently paid to Note holders without any tax being deducted. Any income you earn from your investments in WiseAlpha Notes forms part of your overall income that is subject to personal or corporation taxation rules. Interest payable to Note holders on money invested is charged to income tax in the tax year the interest is received. For example, interest received on 31 December 2015 is received in and taxable for the tax year 2015/16. You should declare any interest and capital gains to the HM Revenue & Customs on a self-assessment tax return if you are an individual or inform your local tax office. At the end of the tax year WiseAlpha will make available to all investors an Annual Income Statement, splitting out the relevant amounts for your tax return, to download from your account. If you are in any doubt about your tax position you should seek independent tax advice.
At present there is no liquid ‘secondary market’ for WiseAlpha investments. Members wishing to sell their investments prior to their maturity dates can do so by creating a sell order on the Market page. Liquidity will be dependent on there being an available and willing buyer at the market price. You will receive your cash in your account once another member has purchased the investments you are selling.
WiseAlpha charges a 0.25% discount ("Sale Fee") to the prevailing market price on the amounts sold.
The information presented here is for informational purposes only and is not investment advice, guidance, or a guarantee of the performance of any Note or portfolio and may not be relied upon. You should seek independent financial advice if you are unsure about whether WiseAlpha is suitable for you.
Please note as a WiseAlpha member you are not lending directly to the corporate borrower. Instead, you are investing in a Participation Note, or “Note”, which corresponds and is backed by a specific loan or bond investment made through the WiseAlpha platform reflecting the key economic terms of the investment.