White labeling and growth in Middle East for Saxo Bank
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, February 18 - 2013 at 15:32
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Lars Christensen, Saxo Bank's founder and co-CEO discusses the banks growth plans in the region and why Dubai is still one of the most important global financial centers for the bank.
During his recent visit to Dubai, UAE, Lars Christensen, founder and co-CEO of Saxo Bank discussed the importance of the Gulf to the bank and their commitment to the region. This year saw the Saxo sponsored Contador cycling team - led by world champion Alberto Contador - participating in the Tour of Oman from 11 to 16 February.
Christensen said: "This is the first time our team has participated at the Tour of Oman. We felt that it was important to support this local initiative and help to establish the Tour of Oman as a world class event. This will not be difficult as Oman offers some of the most spectacular scenery and has the full support of the authorities. We will hopefully be participating at the event in the coming years too."
Regarding the bank's business in the region, he said that Dubai has emerged as an important global financial centre and fills strategic time zones between Asia and Europe. "The GCC region is very important to us and we have excellent growth here; far better than say Western Europe. The region has an increasingly affluent middle and upper class that want to be involved in their own trading and investment decisions and need access to the best online trading technology."
He said that Saxo Bank invests a great deal in developing and maintaining its award winning trading platform. "Almost 40% of our 1,500 employees are involved in IT development and maintenance."
In addition to its own clients, a large proportion of Saxo's business derives from its 'white-label' partners, other financial services providers who utilise Saxo's platform rather than developing their own technology.
"We deliver trading platforms to roughly 100 other financial institutions that include it under their own brand name. CitiFX is probably our most well-known white-label client and there are several other big players, as well a lot of medium size brokers," Christensen said.
He said that one of the reasons it was important for the bank to have a physical presence in their markets is to help educate the market about FX trading. "There is an element of risk in any trading and we feel it is part of our responsibility to make sure investors fully understand what they are getting in to. This is why we have included a number of online offerings that enable customers to practice trading without any trades actually taking place. This is an important area that we take very seriously."
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