Southbank Investment Research
|Industry||Research, Investment, Publishing|
|Founder 👔||Bill Bonner|
|Headquarters 🏙️||London, United Kingdom|
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Number of employees
Southbank Investment Research Limited (SIR) is a publishing company based in London, United Kingdom. The company publishes three websites (Southbank Investment Research, Capital & Conflict and Exponential Investor) and several newsletters about investment, market trends and technology. SIR also organises several conferences and seminars, as well as publishes books and video content. It is part of The Agora and its activity is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Southbank Investment Research started as publishing company in 2016, founded by Bill Bonner. It was registered as an independent company in April 2015 and started operating under FCA terms in January 2016. SIR focuses in a freemium business model, based on free website and email content and paid email subscriptions. Currently, the company publishes three websites and eight paid newsletters, reaching over 100,000 readers monthly.
Southbank Investment Research is the latest incarnation of Agora Publishing Limited, which was founded in the UK in 1994.
The company bought the Fleet Street Letter, and became Fleet Street Publications Ltd. It included titles like The Penny Share Guide and the Zurich Club.
The Fleet Street Letter itself was first published in 1938 as a private news service for Westminster and City insiders by Patrick Maitland. It was revived in the 1970s by Nigel Wray, where it reached nearly 100,000 subscribers in the early 1980s.
In the 1980s and 1990s Fleet Street Publications expanded to publish The Penny Share Guide and serve the growing UK market for independent financial advice and stock market analysis.
Lord William Rees-Mogg, former Editor of The Times of London, was brought in as the editor of a newly revived edition of the Fleet Street Letter in the mid 1990s. It departed from the tip sheet model and returned to its roots as a source of geopolitical investment intelligence.
In August 2003 Fleet Street Publications bought MoneyWeek Ltd. MoneyWeek had been founded and launched in 2002 by Jolyon Connell, co-creator of The Week with Felix Dennis. Under Agora’s ownership, MoneyWeek became the best-selling financial magazine in the UK. The magazine thrives as a publisher of independent and contrarian financial insight and opinion during the Global Financial Crisis. By 2014, it had nearly 57,000 readers.
In 2016, Southbank Investment Research was established as a separate research and publishing arm of MoneyWeek Ltd. Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Southbank Investment Research has become one of the UK's biggest publishers of independent investment advice delivered via subscriptions.
About the Moneyweek sale: In July 2017, Agora Publishing Limited (owner of Southbank Investment Research) sold MoneyWeek Ltd. to Dennis, publisher of The Week. Terms of the sale were undisclosed.
Southbank Investment Research currently publishes content through three websites:
- Southbank Investment Research: company website.
- Capital & Conflict: insight about the world of finance, investment and geopolitics. It covers a variety of topics, like Brexit, investing in gold or bitcoin.
- Exponential Investor: focused on new technologies and innovative breakthroughs to watch out for investing. Its topics go from genetics and biotechnology to artificial intelligence or robotics.
- The Agora
- Porter Stansberry
- Stansberry Research
- "The Fleet Street Letter - 8 Decades..."
- "History of The Fleet Street Letter"
- "Magazine ABCs: High-brow news titles surge ahead", Press Gazette, 14 August 2008[dead link]
- "The Week launches financial title", Media Week, 29 September 2000
- "Southbank Investment Research Homepage
- "Capital & Conflict Homepage"
- "Exponential Investor Homepage"
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