Currently, bitcoins and US Equities are the most profitable assets. It was announced by Patrick J. O’Brien, a writer and communications specialist at EXANTE investment broker. We discussed with him various issues: advantages of EXANTE trading platform, the most profitable investments, features of business operation in Malta and development of gambling sector in Latvia.
Interviewer: Riga Gaming Congress (RGC)
Speaker: Patrick O’Brien (P. O.)
RGC: You represent an Investment broker EXANTE. Please, tell more about your company’s activities.
P. O.: Founded in 2011, Exante is an Investment broker for professionals. We provide investors with direct access to stock markets at institutional rates, and assist our customers with co-locations and market data to satisfy the demands of state-of-the-art algorithmic trading. For example, investors can trade stocks online from the US markets to exchanges in Europe, Asia and Australia directly, and most importantly from a single account.
RGC: One of the reasons why your service is popular is the automated trading platform with numerous modules. Please, tell about its advantages for customers.
P. O.: Yes, at the heart of EXANTE’s trading technology is its multifunctional Automated Trading Platform (ATP): a state-of-art tool for manual and automated trading. Exante developed ATP from scratch, without using third-party solutions. This guarantees its fast, stable and reliable performance. EXANTE ATP provides our clients with fast data feeds, fast data executions, and 24/7 tech support. In addition to trading on the ATP, our clients also use it for the real-time monitoring of their account summaries and trades. EXANTE ATP supports the trading of all financial instruments provided by us.
RGC: How has EXANTE managed to establish itself in the European and Asian markets?
P. O.: Firstly, we hired highly skilled professional Account/Relationship Managers to work within different markets especially in Europe, giving our clients accessibility and 24/7 service. With a global presence in London, the Netherlands, Latvia, Zurich, Malta and Dubai, to mention but a few we have our finger on the pulse to what is happening on the ground. With an office in Singapore, Exante is currently expanding our focus on this market, as we believe the potential is uptapped and we have many partners who want to work with us.
RGC: Why is it beneficial to conduct business in Malta? Please, illustrate your answer with the experience of EXANTE.
P. O.: In no small part, Malta’s rise into the ranks of Europe’s leading finance centers has been driven by the island’s reputation for stability, predictability and security, which has made it an exception among other global financial centres, all reasons that attracted Exante. We were looking for a country with a robust, EU-compliant regulatory framework, diverse ecosystem and deep talent pool, which would allow us to find opportunities easy. Compliment that with a strong banking system that for us was of the utmost importance.
RGC: How do you assess the potential of gambling in Latvia? What, in your opinion, restrains the market development and how these problems can be solved?
P. O.: Latvia is in transition from positive results of 2016, the gaming industry is ready to enter a new zone. However, changed government policy towards the gambling sector challenges not only its development but also its existence within legal environment. Market analysts are trying to find out whether the gambling business provides Latvia with benefits or whether its development is indeed related with harmful consequences for the country. Personally, I believe Latvia needs to embrace change and open up its doors to more lenient procedures to make sure they learn from other gaming hubs through Europe.
RGC: Would you reveal the secret how to make money on binary options? Which assets are the most profitable today?
P. O.: Binary options are like a stepping block in financial engineering: no matter how knowledgeable, no one can consistently predict what a stock or commodity will do within a short time frame. Will Apple shares go up or down in the next 10 minutes? Unless there has just been some major announcement from the company, there is no way to even guess at that. As for the most profitable asset today, I would say Bitcoin and US Equities round the world also gaining as well as bonds.
RGC: Five years ago, your company founded the world’s first cryptocurrency hedge fund – Bitcoin Fund. Is it beneficial to invest in cryptocurrency today? What are the risks?
P. O.: Virtual currencies have been playing an increasingly significant role in finance, with investors around the world buying the digital tokens and driving up their value dramatically. True, Exante were the pioneers with the most Successful Bitcoin Fund in History. For example, take Bitcoin. When a currency loses value, its purchasing power goes down and leads to paying more money to acquire the products. In the end, it is like a tax on what people have already acquired, which may not be enough at the same time. With Bitcoin, the system is infinite and therefore no need to worry of the money getting finished. By the year 2050, it is estimated that there will be in circulation one Bitcoin to cater for 500 people globally.
As for risks, well everything has a risk.
RGC: At Riga Gaming Congress 2017, you will take part in the panel discussion “Latvia & Malta: where innovations meet laws, a parallel with the situation in Latvia”. Please, tell more what issues will be touched during the discussion? Whom do you recommend to attend the discussion as a listener?
P. O.: Latvia and Malta share a common ground and we can learn much from each other. Malta is regarded as one of the leading international hubs that regulate remote gaming effectively and responsibly. In fact, the island has become a benchmark of how i-Gaming should be regulated. Malta maybe a small country on the world stage but one with a big influence.
Latvia’s Gaming Sector is mature in nature. I think the major emerging opportunities for Latvia are in online and mobile gambling, which is growing in enormous pace. Latvia has one of the fastest Internet speeds in the world and rather low labor costs and I think the regulator needs to look at new ways to open up windows of accessibility to potential investors in this sector.
I recommend all with within financial or gaming sectors to attend, be it potential investors and developers, as well as innovators and startups or those who want to learn about what’s happening within this arena.
You will be able to discover more about Latvia’s gambling potential on October 12 at Riga Gaming Congress 2017. Registration for the event is already available.…
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Pragmatic Play Grows in Paraguay and Brazil with Giro Win
Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is achieving further expansion in Paraguay and Brazil after signing a multi-vertical deal with Giro Win.
The deal encompasses the supplier’s Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports products, bringing its portfolio to an even greater LatAm audience.
Pragmatic Play’s Slots portfolio has seen numerous player-favourite additions in recent weeks that will soon be available for Giro Win’s costumers, including new titles in the iconic Big Bass franchise as well as the renowned John Hunter series. The agreement also includes award-winning staples such as Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus.
The supplier’s Live Casino content stretches from casino classics such as roulette and blackjack to captivating live game shows such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Snakes & Ladders Live that are also part of the agreement.
Also included is Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports, powered by a real-time physics engine and providing life-like renditions of popular sports such as Formula 1, greyhound racing and horse racing, on-demand to sports bettors.
As it further expands across LatAm, Pragmatic Play continues its commercial trajectory and ambitions of delivering fresh content to even more players than ever before.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “With LatAm remaining a source of commercial growth for Pragmatic Play, its latest partnership with Giro Win underpins its ongoing commitment to bringing a dynamic entertainment offering to more consumers in the region.
“Giro Win is an esteemed operator in the Latin American market and Pragmatic Play is proud of this new partnership that will see its Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports soon integrated to its platform.”
Hélio Cuevas, Director of Giro Win, said: “Pragmatic Play’s portfolio boasts some of the best games in the industry and it will be a welcome addition to our offering. We have no doubt the response to the large quantity of Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports titles that Pragmatic Play offers will match the overwhelming reception they have already experienced worldwide.
“Giro Win and Pragmatic Play share a vision of powering up new possibilities for players and delivering an unmatched experience and we are delighted to now count them as a partner.”
Pragmatic Play to Have Significant Presence at SBC Summit Latinoamérica
Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is set to be in attendance at the upcoming SBC Summit Latinoamérica.
Exhibiting at stands G40 and H40, Pragmatic Play’s leading portfolio of multi-product content will be on display to cement its standing as the leading supplier to the Latin American market.
Pragmatic Play will be a Gold Headline Sponsor of the event, where the team will join attendees at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November.
The conference forms part of its LatAm Mission Itinerary, a campaign to inform delegates across leading industry events how Pragmatic Play can twist, transform, and elevate gaming experiences. Marking Mission #12, the provider’s attendance will be figure-headed by its Spaceman, the main character from its market-leading crash game title.
The Pragmatic Play team will be on hand at its stands to greet both current and potential clients and detail the advancements it has made in the realms of Slots, Live Casino, Virtual Sports, and Bingo.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play is thrilled to announce its attendance at the upcoming SBC Summit Latinoamérica and looks forward to welcoming attendees and gaining a deeper understanding of the lively Latin American market.
As Mission #12 in Pragmatic Play’s LatAm itinerary, it has a lot in store for the conference and will reaffirm its commitment to providing new dynamic experiences that allow its partners to excel.”
Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.
Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.
The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.
Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”
Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”
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