Being a financial exchange services provider has rarely been as hard or competitive as it is today. As the business models for exchanges and trading venues continue to evolve, the technological requirements to run them — be they established entities or a new entrant such as a digital asset exchange — are shifting as well.

Modern exchanges need to meet a variety of requirements to service clients, from providing low latency order matching engines and agile multi-asset trading platforms to offering flexibility with regards to language, trading methods, and data models encompassing both traditional and digital assets. …


What will Britain’s role be as a financial innovation centre, post-Brexit? Our economy depends on it, yet over a year after our official exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, the answer is still not clear.

Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group co-authored this article with Sean Kiernan, CEO of Greengage (previously DAG Global).

In 2018, GMEX Group and Greengage published a report and article highlighting “The ‘Digital Opportunity’ Of Brexit”. We looked at the economic opportunity for the UK to strike out on its own in shaping a unique approach to digital innovation after leaving Europe.

Our revised analysis, conducted 2 years later, suggests digital innovation could lead to an additional 300,000 high-value added jobs. The net result of focussing on digital innovation in the UK is estimated at 150,000 jobs and cumulative GDP growth…


SECDEX and KOINON jointly foster B2C & B2B payments convergence & digital assets exchange

Seychelles, Nairobi 14th April 2021. The Seychelles-based Securities, Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (SECDEX), and KOINON, the global Digital Coin and Token based payment platform, are pleased to announce a collaboration to foster the intersection of African B2C and B2B payments and dynamic asset conversion between fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies and a broader range of digital assets. This initiative comes at a key time in the mobile payments industry growth as evidenced by Mastercard’s recent $100million investment in Africa’s Airtel which focuses on mobile payments and financial inclusion.


Move over SaaS, PaaS and EaaS Fintech models

I recall when I started my career at Reuters in 2006, I was given in my joining pack a Reuters dictionary of abbreviated terms and their actual meaning. I quickly realised beyond the jargon of IT phrases, there was a whole new world of financial acronyms. It’s a good job I read this from page to page — not the most exciting activity of my career! …


At the start of January 2020 I made top 5 predictions in the digital, crypto and blockchain space and evaluated how these had played out at the start of January 2020. The results were very accurate. I try to repeat that feat with my key predictions for 2021:

Capital markets accelerate the move from analogue to digital

I expect some very interesting developments in the digital asset custody and exchange space following on from 2020 activity.

  • Regulated digital exchanges and custodians will continue to be launched with additional ones emerging. Recent initiatives, which have been announced and expected to go…

By Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group and Asad Sultan, CEO of Deutsche Malayan Ventures

Will the crisis result in the rise or demise of the 4th Industrial Revolution?

In its April World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects a decline in global growth in 2020 of -3 percent. This is a downgrade of 6.3 percentage points from January 2020, a major revision over a very short period.

This makes the Great Lockdown the worst recession since the Great Depression, and far worse than the 2008’s Global Financial Crisis. According to the IMF, “Assuming the pandemic fades in the second half of 2020 and that policy actions taken around the world are…


  • By Asad Sultan, CEO of Deutsche Malayan Ventures and Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group

Will the current economic crisis result in changes to the economic establishment as we know it, so that a new order is established fuelled by democratised digitally enabled innovation? How can data and information become the key currency to aid financial re-inclusion and inclusion post crisis?

In 1815, Nathan Mayer Rothschild said: “I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne. The man who controls the money supply controls the Empire, and I control the money supply.”

Today’s crisis harkens back to the…


While the COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to mainstream industry and commerce, it will be even more devastating to Small-to-Medium Enterprises (‘SMEs’), as a large number may not survive the economic impact of the crisis. This issue affects SME activity worldwide, however it is especially pronounced in emerging markets, where access to capital is usually more constrained than developed markets.

The World Bank states that formal SMEs contribute up to 60% of total employment and up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies, and these statistics would be significantly higher if it took into account informal SMEs.


MAX (Multi Asset eXchange) will include MTF, Guarantee Fund and Digital Custodian link

London, 16th April 2020: MAX Markets Limited (‘MAX’) the London-based digital, multi asset exchange ecosystem, is pleased to announce the first key steps of its UK regulatory roadmap for market launch. MAX is designed for professional investors and will offer a regulated marketplace, subject to FCA approval, to enable the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies, security tokens and other digital assets.

Providing access to digital products via the familiar secure and regulated channels, MAX’s approach highlights the paradigm shift from traditional to digital exchanges including post trade…


  • By Hirander Misra, Chairman of GMEX Group & SECDEX Group & Partner of Digital Partners Network

The current crisis will change our mindset and habits as we are forced to reevaluate the current ways we do things, to think outside the box. Numerous firms will not survive; others will have to reinvent themselves to do so, however for some it will be a substantial opportunity once normality is restored. The need for digital assets will be greater than ever and with it the opportunities for firms with valid business models, which embrace them.

GMEX started as a FinTech company focused…

Hirander Misra

Hirander Misra is the Chairman & CEO of GMEX Group & SECDEX Group and a Partner at Digital Partners Network

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