MDA Structure

This section on Managed Discretionary Account (MDA) structure helps you familiarise with the regulatory framework through which we provide our service to you. We manage the wealth of our clients through this structure. The financial advice that we provide is part of the MDA service that we provide.

MDA service as digital advice

QuietGrowth provides its service through the MDA structure to enable clients to delegate the investment management and trading discretion for exchange traded funds and other securities to QuietGrowth. This means QuietGrowth will invest in financial products on your behalf without prior reference to you for each individual transaction (such as buy trade and sell trade).

The 'general financial advice' and 'personal financial advice' that we provide as part our MDA service is in the form of digital advice.

MDA Contract

Clients must enter into an MDA Contract with QuietGrowth prior to accessing our service. As part of the onboarding process for MDA service, QuietGrowth will consider your personal circumstances, needs and objective. Then an MDA Contract will be generated for each client, and the client needs to sign the document digitally. In the document, you will find information about:

  1. Your Statement of Advice (SOA) and Investment Program
  2. Your Client Agreement
  3. Your Financial Services Guide (FSG)
  4. Link to Product Disclosure Statement for each ETF in your Model Portfolio
  5. Your MDA Application

Refer to the format of the Client Agreement of MDA Contract.

Advantages of MDA

An important advantage of the MDA structure is that the client can delegate the investment management and trading discretion for securities to QuietGrowth.

Another important advantage of investing through an MDA is that it allows us to hold your securities under your own unique Holder Identification Number (HIN). A new HIN under your name is created for you at the time of account creation. Because your securities are held in the 'individual HIN' structure, you are the legal owner as well as the beneficial owner of the security holdings.

Comparison with other structures

A Managed Discretionary Account is a subset of managed accounts. Your QuietGrowth account is a Managed Discretionary Account. So, it is also a managed account. Note that your QuietGrowth account is not a managed fund.

Also, note that your QuietGrowth account is not a Separately Managed Account (SMA).

QuietGrowth is an online discretionary investment manager (ODIM). This is because of the MDA structure through which we serve the clients.

Multiple Portfolios and MDA Contract

You as a QuietGrowth client can invest in more than one portfolio, each having a different risk tolerance, and a different investment goal. Given this flexibility, it should be noted that all your QuietGrowth portfolios in your QuietGrowth account constitute one single Managed Discretionary Account (MDA) in your name.