Mexem’s buying and selling platform doubles the variety of new purchasers throughout lockdown

Low-cost buying and selling platform Mexem Africa is signing up new purchasers at a document fee – in reality, doubling the variety of new purchasers in the course of the lockdown.

Alexa Abramovici, head of gross sales and advertising at Mexem, explains the obvious urge for food for danger from buyers and merchants: “Lots of our new purchasers are signing up as a result of we will supply them considerably decrease prices than elsewhere, however there are additionally various youthful Technology Z merchants who’re attracted by the intense volatility now we have seen in the previous couple of months. One other issue driving the variety of new sign-ups is that individuals need publicity to the worldwide market, not simply the JSE.”

Mexem presents South Africans a straightforward path to greater than 120 markets worldwide, via its New York-based broking associate Interactive Brokers, one of many largest buying and selling platforms within the US. That exposes purchasers to tens of 1000’s of funding alternatives globally, together with commodities, foreign exchange and bonds, versus little greater than 400 firms on the JSE. It additionally permits purchasers to profit from Interactive Brokers’ world scale and attain, which implies decrease buying and selling prices.

“What persons are in search of is similar sort of funding alternatives you’ll get, on the identical prices, as when you have been residing in London or New York,” says Abramovici. “What we’re capable of supply is far decrease buying and selling prices than is often accessible in SA.”

The prices

Different South African buying and selling platforms cost commissions of round zero.35% of the commerce quantity or between $2c and $6c per share on every commerce they execute within the US market. Most additionally take a minimal fee of between $15 and $20, whatever the measurement of the commerce. By comparability, Mexem fees purchasers solely $1c per US share or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and takes a minimal fee of solely $1 per commerce.

If that appears enticingly low, it’s about to get an entire lot higher. In September 2019, Interactive Brokers launched zero-fee buying and selling for US residents, and that is one thing Mexem is planning to introduce in SA sooner or later.

Signing up could be finished on-line at and funds could be deposited both into an area checking account or transferred to a Citibank account in New York utilizing your R1 million a yr international funding discretionary allowance. Till just lately, South Africans needed to depend on skilled fund managers to deal with their international funding accounts for them. Now they will do that themselves, at a fraction of the same old price, with tons of high-quality analysis being made accessible to buyers as a part of the service.

The hand-holding course of

What has additionally labored in Mexem’s favour is its on-line help. New purchasers are guided via the sign-up course of, via to cash switch and the acquisition of their first shares. As soon as via these hurdles, most are capable of proceed on their very own with solely occasional help from the Mexem employees who can be found by telephone, through e-mail or via the web site.

The launch of Indicators Financial institution

One other key profit to Mexem purchasers is the launch of Indicators Financial institution for buyers who should not have the time to comply with world market traits however wish to mimic confirmed and examined buying and selling methods, from low to excessive danger and all the things in between. These buying and selling methods have been examined by a crew of 60 quant and knowledge analysts in stay buying and selling environments, and might now be adopted by Mexem purchasers in actual time. As soon as a buying and selling technique is chosen, the shopper can then elect to manually execute on suggestions, or let Mexem’s pc techniques do all of it robotically.

This, says Abramovici, is the way forward for investing. “We’ve got developed these methods as a result of we perceive that individuals should not have the time, except they’re professionals, to intimately comply with market developments. The benefit right here is that you could choose a method based mostly by yourself particular person danger urge for food and funding preferences. These algorithms have been chosen for his or her constant outperformance of the related benchmark indices, and new methods catering to an more and more various investor base are being added frequently.

What’s driving the frenzy into inventory markets?

The rebound within the JSE after its 34% Covid crash has taken fund managers unexpectedly. The JSE All-Share index is now again inside eight% of the February peak, simply earlier than it crashed.

The story is just about the identical for the Dow Jones Industrial index, which fell 32% from its February peak however has since recovered most of this loss.

What may probably be driving this rebound to the tooth of the coronavirus disaster?

CNBC, Barrons and different press retailers seem to have picked up an anomaly: an ambush by a youthful group of merchants seeing alternative in distressed shares deserted by the likes of Warren Buffet and different skilled fund managers. We’ve got seen curiosity within the markets at an all-time excessive.

The disruptor

Mexem has proven itself to be massively disruptive within the buying and selling and funding enviornment by upending a enterprise mannequin that had served native brokers handsomely for many years. Having drastically lowered charges and made investing a comparatively painless and digital expertise, the subsequent part of the corporate’s development guarantees to be much more disruptive as zero-fees and different advantages are delivered to the native market.

Dropped at you by Mexem Africa.