Following its launch in April 2012, 8 Securities now has 60,000 customers, holds approximately $1 billion USD in client assets and is cash flow positive. Positioned in Asia’s two most important financial centers of Tokyo and Hong Kong, the company is ready to take on the regions brokerages, banks and asset managers for Asia’s 80 million online investors and wealth management market that represents over $10 trillion USD in assets.

8 Securities growth in Asia can be summarized by what the company calls a perfect storm of growing demand for global investing and a new generation of customers who value personalization, simplicity and control of their investments any time, any where and on any device. “Our strategy is very clear. We are going to accelerate investment into new online and mobile products for our customers. This in turn will continue to disrupt traditional bricks & mortar businesses and their high fees”, said co founder Mathias Helleu. “Our road map includes adding more global markets, expanding our private investor community and moving into online wealth management.”

8 Securities believes its technology gives them a cost, scale and speed advantage that traditional financial services companies in Asia will be challenged to match. “The combination of powerful technology and a seamless customer experience across all channels is simply a must for any company that wants a future in Asia” said Mr. Helleu.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.