About Boost

Boost ETP, a WisdomTree Company, is an award winning Exchange Traded Products ETP provider and one of few providers of specialised ETPs in the European market, and is the first to focus on Short and Leveraged ETPs. BOOST's offering targets sophisticated investors including day traders, stock brokers, wealth managers, high frequency traders and institutional investment managers.  Boost is spearheaded by Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski who are two veterans of the ETP industry. Both were Managing Partners and major shareholders of ETF Securities (ETFS) and were pivotal in growing ETFS from start-up to $22bn of assets under management by October 2010.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc. is a New York-based exchange-traded fund ("ETF") sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree offers ETFs across Equities, Fixed Income, Currency Income and Alternatives asset classes, and is currently the world’s eighth largest ETF issuer. To learn more about parent company WisdomTree Investments, Inc., visit the Investor Relations (http://ir.wisdomtree.com/) website.

Boost brings something new to the European market with the aim of adding value to investors. This is in contrast to the broad 'supermarket' offerings that the majority of ETP Issuers provide today. Boost's offering targets sophisticated investors including day traders, stock brokers, wealth managers, high frequency traders and institutional investment managers.   Our emphasis on thought leadership in the investment management sector will focus significant efforts on educating clients on how to best use the products.

The opportunity to launch one of only a few European independent ETP issuers has arisen from the significant changes currently affecting the ETP world. In a market dominated by large investment banks and diversified financial institutions significant questions are being asked about their respective ETP business models and potential conflicts of interest. Investors and regulators have been looking for more transparency around practices such as stock lending, collateral management and use of in-house hedging techniques.  

Boost's key benefits include:

  • Independent - Boost is an independent boutique ETP provider.  Boost is independent from any investment bank, swap provider, market maker, trustee, and custodian. As a result, investor’s interests are aligned with Boost.  
  • Best of breed – Boost’s founders have over 20 years of experience in the ETP market.  With that experience, plus the wealth of experience provided by Boost’s world class service providers, investors are able to enjoy efficient products with liquidity, strong counterparty risk management and relatively low costs.  
  • Transparent – Boost discloses all fees, collateral holdings and details on its website each day.  
  • Innovative and nimble - Boost aims to be a leader in innovation. This will be evidenced by the ETPs issued, as well as the product development and market research behind the products.  
  • Focused and specialised - Boost's strategy differs from the incumbent ETP issuers by not focusing on being everything to everyone.  
  • Education - Boost will focus on providing all the educational and thought leadership tools needed by investors. 

Boost Founders

Hector McNeil

Hector McNeil, Co-CEO

Hector is a leading specialist in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) with over 10 years’ experience in the sector. Hector started his career at the London Stock Exchange, completed a short stint at BZW and then moved to Morgan Stanley in the late 90s as Head of New Issue Infrastructure. He went on to work for Jiway Holdings (40% owned by Morgan Stanley) as the COO, Nomura International as Director of Fixed Income and Derivatives Operations, and Susquehanna International Group as Head of Business Development where he spent 3 years building up Susquehanna’s ETP market making capabilities. After leaving Susquehanna, Hector worked at ETF Securities as a joint Managing Partner where he headed up Sales and Marketing. He was a key ingredient in the company’s growth from 4 members of staff and $50m AUM, to 70 employees globally and $22bn AUM - a growth which led to ETF Securities being arguably the most successful ETP start-up globally. Hector holds a BA in Economics and Social History from the University of Hull, an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute. Hector has 3 young children and his wife owns a Montessori pre-school, where she also works as a headmistress. Hector’s main interest away from work is rugby where he is Non-Executive CEO of London Skolars Rugby League club, a semi-professional club.

Nik Bienkowski

Nik Bienkowski, Co-CEO

Nik is a leading specialist in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) with over 10 years’ experience in the sector. Nik started his career at Towers Perrin in Australia, as an Actuarial and Custody Analyst, who specialised in providing advice to Pension funds. Nik then relocated to Canada where he joined Macquarie Bank, who provided M&A advice to mining companies in the Americas. After moving back to Australia, he joined a boutique firm in 2002 headed by Graham Tuckwell whose company created the world’s first exchange traded commodity (ETC) in 2003, Gold Bullion Securities, where he progressed to COO. Nik then helped Mr Tuckwell found ETF Securities Limited where he was responsible for research and some of the product development, while helping manage the business from incorporation to over 70 people and $22bn in AUM by October 2010. Nik then took a sabbatical whereupon he returned to set up Boost ETP with Hector McNeil in late 2011. Nik holds a double degree in Commerce (with Honours) and Arts from Melbourne University. He also holds the Charter of Financial Analyst (CFA). When Nik is not working, he spends his time trying to keep fit which includes running, tennis and snowboarding.

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