Singaporean investment app takes aim at Japan

Stock_market_appA Singapore-based start-up company that has developed an investment app for consumers has launched its product in Japan. Financial Innovation Gateways (FIGS) is a web and mobile-based service that provides investment reports and news while facilitating investment in equities. “FIGS will make it much easier for Japanese private investors to invest in global stocks,” says Masato Takamura, president of SBI Securities, which is partnering with FIGS in Japan. Firms working in the financial technology sector are exploring ways to make it simpler for individual retail investors to access financial products. These platforms may allow asset managers to reach customers that are not currently served by traditional distributors. “In this era of information overload, there are numerous obstacles to investing, such as difficulties in choosing the best financial service and what information to trust,” said a statement from FIGS. “In addition, professional information and methods are also out of reach for the everyday investor.” ©2018 funds global asia

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