Nassau, Bahamas – May 26, 2016 – Bahamas-based Sterling Global Financial, an integrated banking and financial services provider with more than US$9 billion in assets under administration and operations in The Bahamas and Cayman Islands, today announced the launch of Sterling Bank & Trust.
News of the latest bank to bolster the Bahamas financial services portfolio was made at a press conference in Nassau by Sterling Global Financial Chairman David Kosoy and welcomed by two prominent members of The Bahamas Cabinet, Minister for Investments Khaalis Rolle and Minister for Financial Services Hope Strachan.
“As the world of financial services continues to evolve, Sterling Global continues to strategically grow our range of services from providing trust and investment vehicles, something the original company did more than 40 years ago, to today adding full private banking capability to meet the needs of a highly sophisticated client base,” said Mr. Kosoy.
Sterling’s clients number over 1,500. They invest through one or more of its several funds, including the award-winning New Providence Income Fund (NPIF). In 2015, NPIF reported an overall return of 13.8% and earned the highest secure fund ranking on the Sharpe Index two years running. Earlier this year NPIF was honoured as Best Fixed Income Mortgage Backed Fund (Since Inception) by AI Barclay Hedge Fund awards.
“The new world of financial services is a far more transparent space than it once was,” Mr. Kosoy said. “High net worth individuals or trusted institutional investors are no longer seeking the secrecy they once did. The rules have changed. They want to know their investment is secure and the companies acting on their behalf are doing so with efficiency, attention to detail, understand the market and are quick to respond. In other words, today’s success story is all about service – speed, savvy, security.”
Sterling Financial Global capitalizes carefully selected real estate projects with debt and equity lending. NPIF funding has supported development of more than $300 million in high-end residential and resort projects in The Bahamas, including luxury villas on Paradise Island, resorts in Abaco and Eleuthera and renovations of a multi-storey hotel opposite Nassau Harbour at Bay and Nassau Streets in downtown Nassau. It is also funding THIRTY/SIX, the first new luxury condo project on Paradise Island in a decade. With ground set to be broken soon, THIRTY/SIX is more than 50% sold.
Earlier this month, Sterling Global Financial unveiled its new website, http://www.sterlinggloballtd.com/, featuring a corporate section focused on information and news about the company’s services as well as background on the firm’s well-appointed board of directors, including Mr. Kosoy, President and COO Stephen Tiller, former president of BMO Nesbitt Burns Real Estate Inc. in Canada; and, Mike Harris, the former Premier of Ontario.
The site features a client portal where investors can manage banking, documents and fiduciary services securely online from any device.
“The new banking capability, like the new website, reflects the high ethical standards and client-centric services inherent to Sterling Global,” Kosoy said. “We constantly strive to create a comfort level for our investors, marrying the best of convenience with the highest level of security. As the world of financial services looks to the future, there will be more client-facing portals that enable presentation of information and financial strategies, including any potential risk, in a clear and relatable way online. Sterling is proud to be at the forefront of this type of information sharing and practical application for our clients who can now manage their financial affairs with greater ease. It’s this kind of service that has helped us grow to a full-fledged banking and financial services provider with a staff of nearly 40 professionals.”
Sterling Bank & Trust, immediately available for current clients of the boutique property-based investment firm, will operate out of the firm’s East Bay Street location across from Nassau Harbor.
Sterling Global Financial, an integrated banking and financial services provider with more than US$9 billion in assets under administration and operations in The Bahamas and Cayman Islands launches Sterling Bank & Trust, the latest bank to bolster the Bahamas financial services portfolio. Pictured l-r: David Kosoy, Chairman Sterling Global Financial; Hon. Hope Strachan, Minister of Financial Services; Hon. Khaalis Rolle, Minister of Investments & Steve Tiller President & COO Sterling Global Financial. (Photo by Cay Focus Photography)