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.
The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling
On the 6th of March 2018, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest hosts the 8th edition of the Romanian Gambling Conference – CRG8, the biggest annual event of the gambling industry in Central and Eastern Europe.
The eighth edition of the CRG, a regional conference of gambling, will be held under the slogan “Ready for the Gambling of Tomorrow.”
As in the previous editions, this years event aims to approach all elements of the gambling industry based on the novelties of the legislation and the enforcement rules, both in Romania and other European countries, as well as the vulnerabilities of the current system, passing through the slot rooms and AWPs, but also casino life or online gambling. Special sections will be provided for human resources, marketing, image, social responsibility and responsible gambling.
Among those who will speak, we find representative names in the gaming world both in Romania and abroad. Representatives of the Romanian authorities, as well as from other European Union countries, are on the guest list.
Those present at the event will be able to ask questions to clarify all the unclear aspects in the special questions and answers (Q&A) sections.
The organizer, as in all previous editions, is the most popular magazine of the Romanian gambling industry, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the double winner of the “Best iGaming Magazine of the Region” Award at the CEEG Awards Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and 2017.
As in the previous editions, during the conference, the organizers wish to host a mini-exhibition in the lobby, so that participants can see on the spot the novelties, as well as other projects of interest.
The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6th, 2018.
The Draft of the Program has four plenary sessions as follows:
– Partners Presentation
– CSR & Responsible Gambling
– Europe up-to-date
– Romanian Actuality
The Program has also coffee breaks and a working lunch.
Permanent partners of the events organised by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, GRISOGONO jewelry and ROMBET.
Gold Partner of the conference is NOVOMATIC Romania.
Media partner of the event are the portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the very well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.
Those interested can download the Registration Form from here: Registration Form conf march 2018
For details, registration and other information send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The gambling industry in France, un problème historique
The link between France and gambling always has been strong and could even be described as historic.
The country largely contributed to the development of gambling through time with the creation of inescapable games such as roulette (by the mathematician Blaise Pascal) and the 52 card game which gave birth to Baccarat or Shimmy (also known as Chernay).
As a consequence, it feels natural for gambling to be legal in France. But to settle on this territory, you must have a license from by several organisations:
• for betting activities: Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and Pari Mutuel Urbain(PMU);
• for bingo lotteries and sports betting, only the Française des Jeux (FDJ) keeps the monopoly on land base activities.
Some conditions must however be respected if you want to offer gambling activities in France. For example, physical casinos can only be established in seaside and tourist towns (except Paris) and on some cruise ships with the French flag.
Since 2010, online gambling is regulated by the Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), which can authorise licenses for club games (until now, only the poker is allowed), sports betting and horse races. Online casino games are forbidden in France.
Fifteen licenses have been issued by the ARJEL so far. This particularly low number of licenses can be explained by high tax rates which can frighten some operators.
However, the market is doing well as the third quarter of 2017 results show: an increase by 23% of the revenues linked to sports betting despite a year without international competition, a 10% growth of horse racing revenues and +5% for poker.
France is a market which needs to be followed especially as online casinos should be authorised very soon. The 2018 Football World Cup, with a French team considered as favorite for this new edition, should also contribute to the sector’s success thanks to high sports betting revenues.
On October 16, 2018, the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is set to host a panel where the state of France will be discussed directly with the regulator. To find out more details about the event make sure you follow our news.
We are sponsoring the prizes at ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker Freeroll
We are excited to announce our first event sponsorship and we would like to thank our friends at All-In Translations for the opportunity and initiative. As a strategic partner of Asia Gaming Brief (organizers of ASEAN Gaming Summit), the honor is even higher. (see EEGMedia/EEGEvents engages in strategic partnership with Asia Gaming Brief)
It was great to see that All-in Translations will once again host the official poker tournament of the ASEAN Gaming Summit in March and we want to make it even more interesting for the players by giving some prizes on behalf of our company.
The tournament is a freeroll for delegates attending the conference and we will be sponsoring the prize pool with no less than three packages of great value.
Prize 1 (worth $1600): 1 Seasonal ticket for a company representative which includes access to 5 EEGEvents in 2018.
- Prague Gaming Summit – 29.03.2018
- Mare Balticum Gaming Summit – 08.05.2018
- Vienna International Gaming Expo – 30.05 – 01.06.2018
- Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards– 25-26.09.2018
- European Gaming Congress – 16.10.2018
The ticket includes access to the conference/seminar, complimentary lunch and access to all networking sessions.
More details about the events can be found on the official landing page of the events division: www.eegevents.org
Prize 2 (worth $550): Tickets for 2 EEGEvents in 2018 for a company representative.
The winner can choose from the above list of events.
Prize 3 (worth $900): Featured radio spot for 3 months and interview on iGaming Radio
The player who wins this gets the opportunity to present the company with a radio spot which will be streamed during peak hours on iGamingRadio.com. The radio spot can be created by the representative’s team or by the team at the first online radio dedicated exclusively for the b2b sector of the online gambling industry. A selected representative will also get the chance to take part in the Innovation Talks monthly show and discuss the latest innovation in the industry.
As you may already iGaming Radio is the first online radio streaming gaming related news exclusively through daily shows, interviews and press releases. The aim of the station is to keep its audience connected 24/7 with the online gaming industry by playing awesome music and serving the news first hand.
You can tune in on www.igamingradio.com
About ASEAN Gaming Summit
TECH TRENDS, CONVERGENCE, STRATEGY, RETURN ON INVESTMENT
20-22 MARCH, 2018, CONRAD MANILA, PHILIPPINES
The ASEAN Gaming Summit draws together the region’s leading operators, regulators and suppliers, who are successfully developing the next generation of gaming offerings, both terrestrial and online.
From new-style integrated resorts, addressing the premium mass market, to sports betting innovations and online gaming, this event is for anyone with an interest in this dynamic region.
Mark your calendars for 20 -22 March, 2018.
For any questions about the 2018 conference, send an email to email@example.com or visit the official website www.aseangaming.com
About All-In Translations
All In Translations is the only Language Service provider offering such a large variety of languages (70+) combined with a true enthusiasm for iGaming, hence their slogan “We speak your iGaming language”.
They are now a market-leading provider of language services to the iGaming industry. Their high-quality standards and service level are ISO certified and trusted by several of the biggest platform providers, developers, operators and affiliate marketers. The team helps companies like Playtech, William Hill, Betfair, Microgaming, Interblock, Betsson and many more to boost their online presence and grow their brands internationally.
The subject of iGaming has been their bailiwick since the company started up in Malta in 2008, meaning that all their linguists and project managers have both a strong knowledge of and a genuine passion for casino games, poker, sports betting, lotto, bingo, trotting, backgammon, roulette and more.
Visit their official website for more details: www.allintranslations.com
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