From major upgrades to the ups and downs in Asian markets during the year, 2021 was the busiest month. Who knows better than Alex Yap, head of Finalto Asia Institutional Sales? Today, we are talking to Alex about how he took over Fintech last year and what the Chinese tiger year looks like for 2022.
How did 2021 treat you and Finton?
Overall, we have done a good job this year, despite the fact that Delta has expanded in the first half of 2021. To connect with our customers. Our strong customer relationship and Finalto branding have helped us grow even during this difficult year. I think it is a good test for all of us, it teaches us to respond effectively and creatively to change. At this point, we are more than ever ready to move forward.
There is a lot of trade going on in Asia, how has this changed in recent times?
Yes, Asia is known for her love of conversation, which means we travel a lot. But now we and our customers have to rely on online interaction and adapt to the new standard. Even simple zoom calls help us stay in touch with our customers. Thanks to technological innovations, we were able to continue our service without fail.
When the epidemic begins in 2020, many of our customers are not comfortable with a completely digital approach. But people are stronger, and they are becoming more and more comfortable with the whole new way of communicating online. I can say with certainty that the epidemic has changed the industry in Asia.
Asian markets have been through a lot over the past year, with the delta delta in the first half and the power crisis in China in the second. What do you think about Asian markets in 2021?
Yes, it was an event and a very busy year for us. Delta diversity has brought significant volatility to financial markets. But after the 2020 fluctuations, the markets have adjusted quickly and are set to settle very quickly by 2021. In fact, unlike last year, there were several months of low volatility. Even Omicron’s difference news lasted only two weeks. Highly volatile, it seems that markets have since taken advantage of this new CV-19 distribution. Overall, volatility is less than 2020 and not long ago. Markets are rapidly improving.
Again, if you saw a decline in the IMF Asian markets, it was much better than 2020. Their outlook for Asia dropped from 1% to 6.5% in October. With the reopening of the economy, demand has increased but supply shortages continue, OPEC has decided to continue in the production areas. As a result, natural gas contracts rose to $ 6,466 / MMBtu on November 5, the highest since December 2008. Natural gas prices have increased fivefold in Europe, while in Asia, 1.5 times. WTI rose to $ 80 / b in the first weekend of October, the highest since November 2014, and Brent was the highest since 2018.
World energy prices have been relatively stable since then and have had nothing to do with the power crisis in China. China By 2060, it plans to become a carbon dioxide-free country. It plans to reach challenging carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. In addition, it has tremendous nuclear capabilities. However, even though it is the world’s third-largest nuclear energy user, it will only account for 5% of the 2020 energy mix. Compare this to 70% in France. Thus, the nuclear crisis can be prevented by increasing nuclear energy consumption.
Where does Finalto find itself in the Asia-Pacific financial markets?
Asia is a very diverse market. Not only the level of sophistication of the country but also the needs and preferences vary greatly. But Finalto is a very strong brand, with a revolutionary 360 set or what we would call a “solution in a box.” It is highly customizable by providing multidisciplinary capabilities to our customers. Although our marketing has not been brutal over the past year, we have been able to attract customers with our customized pricing subscription model with customized pricing and product delivery.
This is a solution that we have developed to provide powerful features that our customers in Asia have not yet fully experienced. So, for 2022, announcing the benefits we offer is key to us. This includes a complete end-to-end platform, front-to-back office management capabilities, robust business and pricing tools, and end-to-end communication. In a pay-as-you-go model, customers can choose the whole suite or choose from private rooms to maximize their current potential.
ClearVision, for example, is a leading technology solution for global institutional investors and is gaining popularity among proprietary businesses and brokers focused on global growth. The various components include ClearPro Trading Platform for Professional Traders, ClearWeb Cloud-Based Trading Platform, ClearMobile Mobile Trading Platform and FIX Communication for Personal Needs.
How are the needs of Fintech companies and merchants in Asia different from other regions where you serve?
As I mentioned earlier, this is a very diverse market. The state-of-the-art technology complex ranges from beginner to advanced. Therefore, Finalto 360 is an ideal tool to meet such unique needs. Fintech is still in its infancy in many parts of Asia and is still trying to build a strong foundation.
Then we have big cultural and linguistic differences. To serve customers from Singapore as well as Thailand or Indonesia, we need to provide local services. With the Pan-Asian team, we understand the way they do business in these different countries and their needs. We can provide service and support through Finalto 360 in the language of your choice. This is our top market.
With Finalto 360, we offer a return key trading system based on a set of 5 cutting-edge modules built with the full support of our customers and a balance of customer business.
What are your forecasts for 2022 Asian financial markets?
Markets across Asia will see economic recovery by 2022, although the pace will vary across countries. South Asia is expected to grow rapidly in the region, with East Asia coming soon. This could be due to a resumption of regulation in China, which could affect GDP in 2022.
Hang Seng has a 17% contract in 2021, and most of the key indexes in Asia have shown positive growth. In fact, it was the only one to reach a low of 23,192.63 last year on December 17. But I don’t think it will be strong in 2022, so investors should keep an eye on it. .
The People’s Bank of China will not be able to improve its interest rate policy anytime soon. On the other hand, at the beginning of December, the Yuan exchange rate weakened sharply. According to the Central Bank, this is due to the huge foreign exchange reserves. This could lead to a significant amount of money in the economy, which would have to find a way out. In this regard, we are seeing more interest from investors, especially in the stock market, which is a key financial hub in Hong Kong, the region.
On the other hand, inflation in 2022 could remain a key challenge in Asia. In a recovery economy, demand may be higher than supply, which will increase inflation. This is behind the disconnection of the supply chain.
Central banks, including the US Federation, will not be able to strengthen their policies any time soon, putting pressure on assets. Central banks in Asia are keeping an eye on the federation. The core values are still flat, but this interest rate may change. Indeed, if the federation makes a drastic change in its position, we can see an increase in volatility in the financial markets.
Given the current inflation in the US, I believe the FOMC may decide to make 2, 3 or 4 price increases by 2022. We’ll see some hikes soon and I’m not surprised if we see more than expected. took off. Investors should therefore follow the decisions of the federation, as it will affect the global market.