Meeting exponential demand Delivering FX Liquidity, Risk and Technology services across APAC markets

Joe Morgan reports on how increasing levels of disposable income and a culture of speculation is spurring exponential demand for retail FX trading services across Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets.

First Published: e-Forex Magazine 79 / FX Brokerage Operations / December, 2017

“They really, really like speculative trading,” says Tom Higgins, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gold-i Ltd, when asked about retail investors in Asia. This demand pushes brokers to deliver more and more asset classes. So the asset classes they need to trade need to be reasonably volatile and they need to be easily traded,” he states. Higgins points to a tectonic shift to the APAC region as the global centre for growth in retail FX trading, driven by an “insatiable” end user demand in a region where speculation on the financial markets is rampant. FX is one of a variety of asset classes that have hit high levels of retail demand in Asia, according to Higgins. Asset classes also vying for a slice of the burgeoning APAC retail market include commodities such as gold and silver, Contracts for Differences (CFD’s), indexes and – most prevalently of late – cryptocurrencies. “They all need to be provided in a single trading screen,” says...continued

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