Saxo Capital Markets Australia launches Crypto FX trading for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

  • Globally, Saxo Bank becomes one of the first banks to offer seamless trading in major cryptocurrencies as FX spot pairs
  • Australia is a selected market where Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin spot pairs can be traded against EUR, USD, and JPY from a single margin account
  • The new offering provides clients reliable, regulated and transparent access to diversification and hedging in the most popular cryptocurrencies

Saxo Markets Australia, the online trading and investment specialist, is launching a new cryptocurrency offering enabling clients to trade Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin against EUR, USD, and JPY from a single margin account. 

For Saxo Bank globally, this Crypto FX offering complements an existing range of over 32 different cryptocurrency trackers and ETNs, which so far this year have seen trading volumes exceeding the entire turnover for the whole of 2020 – a year in which volumes surged 130%.

Australia is one of the selected markets where clients can trade Crypto FX pairs during the usual FX trading hours. Clients can trade and hedge both long and short exposure in the three major cryptocurrencies, which will be in the form of derivatives and not the physical coins. Due to the volatile nature of the instruments, retail clients can trade with 2:1 leverage, and wholesale with 3:1 leverage. 

Adam Smith, CEO of Saxo Markets Australia, comments:

“Saxo’s Crypto FX offering is more reliable, accessible and secure compared to many other competing offerings, and we are excited to be one of the first to offer it to Australian investors. Crypto features in our ‘100-year portfolio’ because we are confident now in how the market has matured to make it a product that is here to stay. Pairing it with FX makes it more appealing to retail investors who are more active in the market as it offers a trusted and regulated way to trade cryptos. While buying a whole bitcoin can be a rather large exposure for the average retail investor, trading via ETNs for example means more investors can access this product in a way that works for their portfolio and makes the most of its volatility. It’s also fundamentally less risky than using cryptocurrency wallets where access can, and has, been lost to dramatic effect.”

Stanislav Kostyukhin, Commercial Owner – Trader segment, comments:

“Saxo Bank has developed a unique proposition which gives our clients access to the growing crypto space in a flexible, secure and hassle-free manner from a single fully-licensed account without the need to use wallets or cold storage solutions. The offering sits at the intersection of traditional finance and crypto, which is where we see the market evolving as it draws the attention of retail traders and financial institutions.  

“We set out to deliver a product which offers the security and ease of use associated with more mature asset classes, coupled with the volatility and dynamics of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin – giving clients the opportunity to trade both long and short in the thriving crypto market. Crypto FX achieves this by building on 30 years’ experience as a leading firm in trading and investing combining the traditional qualities of a currency pair alongside the exciting possibilities of a cryptocurrency.”

You can read more about Saxo Bank’s new crypto offering here:

Yvette Lim
Senior Advisor, Global Communications
Saxo Bank
+45 31 39 45 04 (DK) 

Tara Harvey
Account Director
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+61 484 002 021

Founded in 1992, Saxo Bank was one of the first financial institutions to develop a online trading platform that provided private investors with the same tools and market access as professional traders, large institutions and fund managers.

Saxo offers clients around the world broad access to global capital markets across asset classes, where they can trade more than 40,000 instruments in over 25 languages from one single margin account.

Saxo Markets Australia is known locally for its broad range of asset classes and international market access, as well as a seamless and personalised platform experience that connects traders, investors and partners to global FX, CFDs, Stocks, Options, Futures and more from a single account.

The Saxo Bank Group holds four banking licenses and is well regulated globally. In Australia, Saxo Capital Markets is licensed and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) as a share trading platform.

The Saxo Bank Group also powers more than 135 financial institutions as partners by boosting the investment experience they can offer their clients via its open banking technology.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Saxo Bank’s client assets total more than 80 billion USD and the company has more than 2,000 financial and technology professionals in financial centres around the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich, Dubai and Tokyo.

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