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OANDA's Louis Cooper Talks Australian & New Zealand FX Markets

by Jeff Patterson
  • “Meet The Experts” reached out to Louis Cooper for an exclusive perspective on the Australian and New Zealand FX markets.
OANDA's Louis Cooper Talks Australian & New Zealand FX Markets
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“Meet The Experts” reached out to Louis Cooper, Managing Director, OANDA Australia Pty Ltd, for an exclusive perspective on the Australian and New Zealand Forex markets and the current climate for brokers residing in this region.

Mr. Cooper has earned a key role as a major player in the Antipodes, having served previously with CMC Markets before joining OANDA in 2012 following a lengthy career. The region itself has been particularly dynamic as of late, with new regulations changing the playing field in New Zealand and Australia becoming more active in Forex.

1. Do you feel the fortification of regulatory standards in New Zealand will lead to an exodus of brokers?

I believe that regulations that protect the industry and the clients are good and OANDA has always been supportive of industry regulations in all jurisdictions where we have presence.

Whether changes in the NZ market will lead to the exit of some brokers will be quite hard to tell. What I can say is that brokers who genuinely want to serve customers and gain market share in any country or region will welcome any regulatory fortification.

It is only when there are strong regulatory rules and framework that the industry can flourish and the clients be protected. I believe all brokers will have to adjust to new rules and regulations one way or another.

2. In terms of offerings or approach, what does OANDA feel is the greatest area of growth in the Antipodes?

While you would think that Australia is a mature market – for CFDs and Forex – there are still areas of growth and gaps that we see. For example, there are opportunities to provide:

  • Faster and more reliable trade execution and less trade rejections. I’ve been talking to our clients for the past few months and one of the recurring themes and messages I’m getting from them is that they appreciate and value the speed of our trade execution. This is definitely one of the advantages and key differentiating factor that we bring to the market. Research shows OANDA performs up to 20 times faster than others in the industry. The difference between an execution of 11 milliseconds versus that of 400 or more can mean the potential for a 25% better return, using our platform. We truly want our clients to succeed and we believe our trading model reflects this.
  • New and innovative ways to invest in the Forex and CFD market. For example our copy trading product Trade Leaders has received significant interest from clients who want to diversify their portfolio, are time poor and still want to be involved in the market or are relatively new to trading and want to follow experienced traders with proven ROI over 12 months or more.
  • Superior customer service and education tailored to individual client needs. OANDA has been globally awarded for customer service and I expect us to be the benchmark in Australia and New Zealand as we build our client base.

Based on the initial reaction to OANDA’s arrival in Australia and New Zealand, I’m confident we can double our market share this year. This is a testament to the attractiveness of our technology led, transparent and fair trading model.

3. Do you foresee any challenges facing the Australian Forex market?

One of the challenges is to be able to stay ahead of the changing demands and needs of traders and customers. However, OANDA has a strong culture of innovation – products and services wise – and we are always ahead of the curve, anticipating our clients’ needs and requirements.

At the same time, we are a technology company at our core and this means we are always working to innovate, to come up with new products to help traders be better traders.

Another challenge in the market is to continue to increase standards for CFD and Forex providers in order to protect retail traders. For example OANDA fully segregates client funds, which means we do not use our clients funds for any purpose – including for margining purposes. This goes over and above current legislation.

We also only allow clients to open an account with us if they pass our product knowledge, trading experience and minimum net worth requirements. This is in place to make sure clients are aware of and understand the risks of trading Forex and CFDs.

Our presence in Australia shows our commitment to this region and we are confident that our product and platform development strategy, compliance infrastructure and service are market leading.

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4. What has OANDA done to distinguish itself from its competition in New Zealand and/or Australia?

OANDA has a strong legacy of innovation and we’re always looking for ways to disrupt the market. We are a technology company at our core. We are always working to discover new and better ways to leverage that technology for the benefit of our clients. We truly want our clients to succeed and it’s our execution speed, transparency and reliability that sets us apart.

Speed of our trade execution is definitely one of the advantages and key differentiating factor that we bring to the market. Research shows OANDA performs up to 20 times faster than others in the industry. The difference between an execution of 11 milliseconds versus that of 400 or more can mean the potential for a 25% better return, using our platform.

We never reject trades. We have competitors who reject up to 30% of trades because the trade doesn’t work for them. We process 100% of our client trades, even if it’s at a loss to OANDA. We have a public development area called FX Labs where we expose our open order book (buyers, sellers, entry and exit levels etc), and give analysis on what our profitable traders are doing. This is available to everyone and is information other providers don’t want to share.

Innovation is at the heart of OANDA and we will continue to bring new technologies, products and services to market ahead of our competitors. If there are companies in our industry that are the best at what they do – e.g. auto chartist, Currensee copy trading, MT4 t – we’ll connect with them to bring our clients industry leading tools and the ability to access the same fast execution our clients enjoy from trading through our proprietary platform. Other providers will try and develop these products in house, which takes time and often they don’t have the IP to compete with businesses that specialize in these areas.

We are a company that is after our clients’ success because it is only when our clients are successful when we can be successful as well. If our clients are successful and happy with our products and services, then they stay with us for a long time and this is what’s at the core of our strong growth.

Louis

“Meet The Experts” reached out to Louis Cooper, Managing Director, OANDA Australia Pty Ltd, for an exclusive perspective on the Australian and New Zealand Forex markets and the current climate for brokers residing in this region.

Mr. Cooper has earned a key role as a major player in the Antipodes, having served previously with CMC Markets before joining OANDA in 2012 following a lengthy career. The region itself has been particularly dynamic as of late, with new regulations changing the playing field in New Zealand and Australia becoming more active in Forex.

1. Do you feel the fortification of regulatory standards in New Zealand will lead to an exodus of brokers?

I believe that regulations that protect the industry and the clients are good and OANDA has always been supportive of industry regulations in all jurisdictions where we have presence.

Whether changes in the NZ market will lead to the exit of some brokers will be quite hard to tell. What I can say is that brokers who genuinely want to serve customers and gain market share in any country or region will welcome any regulatory fortification.

It is only when there are strong regulatory rules and framework that the industry can flourish and the clients be protected. I believe all brokers will have to adjust to new rules and regulations one way or another.

2. In terms of offerings or approach, what does OANDA feel is the greatest area of growth in the Antipodes?

While you would think that Australia is a mature market – for CFDs and Forex – there are still areas of growth and gaps that we see. For example, there are opportunities to provide:

  • Faster and more reliable trade execution and less trade rejections. I’ve been talking to our clients for the past few months and one of the recurring themes and messages I’m getting from them is that they appreciate and value the speed of our trade execution. This is definitely one of the advantages and key differentiating factor that we bring to the market. Research shows OANDA performs up to 20 times faster than others in the industry. The difference between an execution of 11 milliseconds versus that of 400 or more can mean the potential for a 25% better return, using our platform. We truly want our clients to succeed and we believe our trading model reflects this.
  • New and innovative ways to invest in the Forex and CFD market. For example our copy trading product Trade Leaders has received significant interest from clients who want to diversify their portfolio, are time poor and still want to be involved in the market or are relatively new to trading and want to follow experienced traders with proven ROI over 12 months or more.
  • Superior customer service and education tailored to individual client needs. OANDA has been globally awarded for customer service and I expect us to be the benchmark in Australia and New Zealand as we build our client base.

Based on the initial reaction to OANDA’s arrival in Australia and New Zealand, I’m confident we can double our market share this year. This is a testament to the attractiveness of our technology led, transparent and fair trading model.

3. Do you foresee any challenges facing the Australian Forex market?

One of the challenges is to be able to stay ahead of the changing demands and needs of traders and customers. However, OANDA has a strong culture of innovation – products and services wise – and we are always ahead of the curve, anticipating our clients’ needs and requirements.

At the same time, we are a technology company at our core and this means we are always working to innovate, to come up with new products to help traders be better traders.

Another challenge in the market is to continue to increase standards for CFD and Forex providers in order to protect retail traders. For example OANDA fully segregates client funds, which means we do not use our clients funds for any purpose – including for margining purposes. This goes over and above current legislation.

We also only allow clients to open an account with us if they pass our product knowledge, trading experience and minimum net worth requirements. This is in place to make sure clients are aware of and understand the risks of trading Forex and CFDs.

Our presence in Australia shows our commitment to this region and we are confident that our product and platform development strategy, compliance infrastructure and service are market leading.

oanda

4. What has OANDA done to distinguish itself from its competition in New Zealand and/or Australia?

OANDA has a strong legacy of innovation and we’re always looking for ways to disrupt the market. We are a technology company at our core. We are always working to discover new and better ways to leverage that technology for the benefit of our clients. We truly want our clients to succeed and it’s our execution speed, transparency and reliability that sets us apart.

Speed of our trade execution is definitely one of the advantages and key differentiating factor that we bring to the market. Research shows OANDA performs up to 20 times faster than others in the industry. The difference between an execution of 11 milliseconds versus that of 400 or more can mean the potential for a 25% better return, using our platform.

We never reject trades. We have competitors who reject up to 30% of trades because the trade doesn’t work for them. We process 100% of our client trades, even if it’s at a loss to OANDA. We have a public development area called FX Labs where we expose our open order book (buyers, sellers, entry and exit levels etc), and give analysis on what our profitable traders are doing. This is available to everyone and is information other providers don’t want to share.

Innovation is at the heart of OANDA and we will continue to bring new technologies, products and services to market ahead of our competitors. If there are companies in our industry that are the best at what they do – e.g. auto chartist, Currensee copy trading, MT4 t – we’ll connect with them to bring our clients industry leading tools and the ability to access the same fast execution our clients enjoy from trading through our proprietary platform. Other providers will try and develop these products in house, which takes time and often they don’t have the IP to compete with businesses that specialize in these areas.

We are a company that is after our clients’ success because it is only when our clients are successful when we can be successful as well. If our clients are successful and happy with our products and services, then they stay with us for a long time and this is what’s at the core of our strong growth.

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