23 Jul '17, 10am

Singapore gains momentum in arms race for currency trading hub status

Singapore’s embrace of fintech and its growing status as a hub for the trade of Southeast Asian currencies are giving the city state an edge in the arms race to attract internet platforms for trading and wealth management, according to one industry expert. Oanda, an online forex trading company established in Toronto, Canada in 1996, chose Singapore as its corporate headquarters in Asia in 2007. The company, which also has Asian offices in Sydney and Tokyo, offers internet trading for both institutional and retail investors, with 75,000 clients worldwide. The firm was co-founded by Michael Stumm, who is currently a professor of computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Asia-Pacific has emerged as the company’s fastest growth market, representing 50 per cent of its business revenue and 65 per cent of trading volume. “When the company choose to enter into Asia about...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/2103...

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