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SelfWealth TRADING release mobile trading app

Australia’s only flat fee brokerage solution, SelfWealth TRADING give investors greater accessibility to trade the ASX with the launch of their Trading App. SelfWealth TRADING hit the market in late 2016 with a fixed fee no commission offering and since has grown their client base to approx. 8000 members. SelfWealth TRADING members can trade the ASX for just $9.50 per trade. The Trading app will allow SelfWealth members to buy and sell shares on the go, conduct stock research and monitor their investment portfolios in real-time. SelfWealth Managing Director, Andrew Ward commented that “The app is designed to give members greater visibility of their investments and to ensure they never […]

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Stake lifts the bar for trading US stocks and ETFs

It was during a three-year stint in Chicago, working for market maker Optiver, that Matt Leibowitz realised Australians were getting gouged buying international equities through the brokerages owned by the big banks and the customer experience was woeful. “During my years in the US I was amazed at the breadth of product offered to US investors at a compelling price,” said Mr Leibowitz, who was a lawyer at Allens before joining Optiver in 2007. “I was shocked at the breadth and costs in Australia: we paid more and got less.” Returning to Australia four years ago, Mr Leibowitz started to sense an opportunity to start a fintech that would provide […]

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Mar
21

H2 Ventures announces new startups following fresh funding

The co-founder of fintech accelerator H2 Ventures, Toby Heap, has warned Australia’s big four banks that they are underestimating the wave of digital disruption taking place in their sector, as it announces its next intake of hopeful startups. H2’s next group of entrepreneurs will range from a startup that provides people with their own personal chef, called DishMe, to a social sporting platform that lets sport fans compete against their friends during live matches, called FanTrade. To date 25 startups have gone through the accelerator program, including online marketplace for home loans HashChing, which raised $1 million from Sapien Ventures last year, and crowdfunding platform Equitise, which also raised more […]

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Mar
15

Don’t write off bitcoin yet, despite blow to Winklevoss plan

It seems that bitcoin’s prophets of doom celebrated prematurely after the US Securities and Exchange Commission comprehensively knocked back the Winklevoss brothers’ bid to create an exchange-traded fund tied to the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency. The obituaries written over the weekend made much of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s feud with Mark Zuckerberg over founder’s rights to Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking website. “They lost on Facebook; now they’ve lost on bitcoin,” the twins’ updated narrative said. Not so fast. Sure, the bitcoin price collapsed by 18 per cent after it had motored past the price for an ounce of gold in the week preceding the SEC’s […]

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Mar
15

Australia’s $2.2 trillion super pot drives record ETF demand

Australia’s $2.2 trillion superannuation savings pot is fuelling record demand for exchange traded funds. The number of self-managed super funds holding such investments surged to a record 100,000 in September, according to a report from BetaShares Capital and Investment Trends. SMSFs worth $635 billion are stoking hunger for income-producing assets and drove a 31 per cent surge in the number of Aussie investors who used exchange traded funds last year. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a type of investment that can be bought and sold like shares, tracking assets such as commodities, currencies, bonds or market indices such as the S&P/ASX 200 up and down. The interest in those funds […]

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Mar
14

SETL wants to settle and clear equities in competition with ASX

The ASX is facing competition for clearing and settling equities, with blockchain start-up SETL pledging to build a post-trading system cheaper and to deploy it quicker than the replacement for the existing CHESS infrastructure, which is being developed by the ASX itself and US group Digital Asset Holdings. London-based SETL is raising capital from some Australian brokers and has retained local lawyers to prepare regulatory applications to approve its system. The move comes as the federal government considers whether to remove the ASX’s monopoly over equities settlement and clearing – the vital “pipes” that underpin the operation of Australia’s equity markets – later this year, if regulators can devise a […]

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Mar
13

Bitcoin price plunges after SEC rejection

Regulator says no to first ETF to track the digital currency. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has denied a request to list what would have been the first US exchange-traded fund built to track Bitcoin, sending the price of the digital currency plunging. Investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have been trying for more than three years to convince the SEC to let them bring the Bitcoin ETF to market. CBOE’s Bats exchange had applied to list the ETF. In response to the rejection, the digital currency’s price fell as much as 18 percent in trading before rebounding slightly. It last traded down 7.8 percent to US$1098. Bitcoin had scaled […]

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Mar
08

Bitcoin is now more valuable than gold

The currency’s success is in part due to its popularity in Asia. The Bitcoin digital currency has exceeded the value of gold for the first time in history, hitting a high of $US1,278.21 while the price of an ounce of gold was worth $US1,236.10 at the time of writing. The value of Bitcoin has been steadily increasing over the last three months, rising 30%, while the value of gold has decreased, suggesting people are starting to accept the digital currency as a serious way to pay for goods. Bitcoin’s value has risen as a result of increased demand in China, despite a crackdown by the government, which claimed the currency […]

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