EQ now and then

It's still a few months off, but October will mark three years since the launch of EQ Investors. Now is a good time to look back at where we started, what we have accomplished so far, and get a glimpse of the future.

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmail   by John Spiers, 5th July 2017

A new office and enlarged EQ team

One obvious change has been the new office. An office move is a fresh start for any business. We wanted an energising workspace that felt welcoming, and would support our business growth for years to come.

Expanding our service offering

We are now geared to offer a service to over 90% of savers and investors. This ranges from a full discretionary service for high net worth individuals, to an online and telephone advice service. These services complement and extend our traditional financial planning business.

Sense of a wider community

EQ became one of the UK’s founding B Corporations: the international standard for companies that believe in business as a force for good.

We operate a Matched Giving programme to help our clients and staff raise extra funds for their favourite causes and we have also set up a registered charity, the EQ Foundation.

Our Positive Impact Portfolios are a unique proposition for investors who care about how and where their money is invested.

Building awareness of EQ

Despite being a relative newcomer to the wealth management market, we’ve quickly established recognition and credibility. EQ now features regularly in newspapers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, and Independent, and on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Delivering great returns

Since EQ’s launch we are delighted to say that we have delivered excellent net returns for you. This proves the value of having a rigorous research based investment strategy.

Comparing the results of wealth management firms, our Cautious, Balanced and Adventurous portfolios have all beaten their competitor averages over the past three years. This is using data from the independent and industry-standard analysis run by Asset Risk Consultants (ARC).

You can view the performance of all our model portfolios here.

24/7 access to your portfolios

In summer 2016 we unveiled a new client portal that provides anytime access to portfolio and performance information. Context-sensitive charts and graphs provide full insight into holdings, market value and transactions for all your investments.

In the autumn we will be rolling out access to fact find information and personal financial planning goals.

Innovating with Alexa

We’ve built the client portal to integrate with Amazon Alexa – so you can check your balance by talking to your Alexa-enabled device.

Success fuelled by feedback

As always, we always welcome feedback from you. Please let us know what you think about our services and how we can make them better.


John Spiers

Chief Executive

» If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About the author: John Spiers

John is the CEO of EQ. After gaining an MA in Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge he went into the City as a research analyst for 10 years.

In 1986 he set up Bestinvest and over the next 20 years it grew to become a leading private client advisory and wealth management business with over 50,000 clients. In 2007 Bestinvest was acquired by 3i.

Since then John has built up a portfolio of other interests, including the establishment of a Foundation to support various charities. He has taken a particular interest in projects aimed to increase the use of Early Intervention to reduce child abuse. He has also retained a close interest in investment, being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a member of the Investment Committee for Clare College.

John enjoys competitive sport and participates in historic motorsport and international croquet.

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