easyMarkets promotes Daniel Byrne to Managing Director, APAC

easyMarkets promotes Daniel Byrne to Managing Director, APAC

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  • Byrne to replace outgoing MD Robert Francis
  • He joined easyMarkets as COO in May
  • easyMarkets CEO Nikos Antoniades praises Byrne’s “exceptional drive and talent”

easyMarkets, the premium-service global markets brokerage, today announced the appointment of Daniel Byrne to the role of Managing Director, APAC. Previously Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific, Daniel replaces Robert Francis, who is stepping aside after 10 years in the role of MD and will remain with easyMarkets in an emeritus advisory capacity to the board.

Since joining easyMarkets as Chief Operating Officer in May, Daniel has pioneered the company’s Active Traders Group, which brings institutional training, tools and best practices to retail traders. Available to easyMarkets members, the training program empowers both new and experienced traders with the tools and strategies to trade successfully.

In response to the success of this approach and growing demand from Australia’s self-managed super fund (SMSF) investors, easyMarkets has recently launched The SMSF Active Traders Group. The first of its kind in the industry, this new program equips SMSF trustees with the specific institutional-grade trading strategies, methodologies and – most importantly – the risk management framework they need to trade like a fund manager.

“I have always admired easyMarkets as a brokerage that goes so much further to support the successful trading outcomes of its clients. While never the cheapest option – the best option rarely is – easyMarkets’ emphasis on training and its premium level of service, with no hidden pricing, is unique in its ability to genuinely help clients become better traders. I am extremely honoured to take up this appointment and look forward to developing our offering throughout the region.”

Daniel Byrne, MD, easyMarkets

Daniel holds more than a decade of experience in markets trading and trading education, having previously managed premium accounts and driven global platform growth at multinational FX brokerage firms GFT Markets and AxiTrader, as well as being the Vice-President of the successful forex training firm, FXPlus Trading Academy.

“When we considered the idea of a new leader for the APAC region, we knew we wanted someone who understood the ethics and DNA of easyMarkets. It is Daniel’s versatile background and approach to trading which lead us to believe he is a perfect fit. Since being appointed as COO, he has shown exceptional drive and talent in leading the team and driving the business forward. He will therefore lead our strategic efforts to grow the Australian and the Asia Pacific market. We have every confidence in Daniel and wish him success in the exciting challenges ahead.

Nikos Antoniades, CEO, easyMarkets

Earlier this year, the firm also extended its unique dealCancellation feature – which allows traders to cancel a losing trade within one hour – to the platform’s mobile app.

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.


About easyMarkets

easyMarkets® is an online pioneer market maker established in 2001. We’ve made trading markets as easy as possible with proprietary mobile, web and desktop platforms. Traders enjoy full markets access with a simple and powerful approach to CFD’s, forex and options trading.

easyMarkets® is part of an international network with offices in Europe, Asia and Australia.


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Top of the Props: Demand for Australian property hits record high

Top of the Props: Demand for Australian property hits record high


Overseas demand for Australian property has reached a record high, new research fromTheMoveChannel.com reveals. The portal´s latest Top of the Props report has found that enquiries for real estate in Australia soared in February 2014, taking the country into the site´s top 10 most popular destinations for the first time.

  • Demand for Australian real estate at record high
  • France now more popular than Spain for second time in three years
  • Canada in top 10 most popular destinations for seven months in a row
  • Bulgaria back in top 10 for first time since January 2013
  • US property accounts for more than 1 in 5 enquiries

Oz the Great and Powerful
Australian property accounted for 1.92 per cent of enquiries in February, more than Italy, Thailand and Cyprus. Enquiries increased tenfold from the previous month, a big enough surge to take the country up 25 places in the Top of the Props chart into eighth spot, just below the highly sought-after real estate of Turkey.
Property in France now more popular than Spain
Demand also rose for French property in February, overtaking Spanish property for only the second time since Top of the Props records began in 2011. Spain has long been the favourite between the two European rivals on TheMoveChannel.com, but growing interest in France saw its share of enquiries increase to 8.04 per cent last month, making it the second most popular country in the world for the first time since October 2013.

The USA remains the most popular real estate market, accounting for more than one in five (21.07 per cent) of all enquiries. This is the eighth month in a row that America has held its number one position and the country´s highest level of activity since November 2013, when it received 30.99 per cent of enquiries.

The rest of the top five remains the same, with Portugal in fourth place, cementing its current popularity among foreign buyers, and Brazil in fifth, as investors continue looking to South America ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup.

Bulgaria´s rebound, Canada´s climb 
Outside of the top five, though, momentum appears to be shifting towards two other favourites: Bulgaria and Canada. Bulgarian property, once a regular in the Top of the Props big league, has been relegated to the top 20 for most of the past year, but renewed demand has taken it back into 10th place for the first time since January 2013.

While the US continues to dominate real estate investment on TheMoveChannel.com, Canadian property has become an attractive alternative, with demand growing steadily since June 2013. Canada became the sixth most popular destination on the site for the first time in February 2014 with 2.54 per cent of enquiries, its seventh consecutive month in the portal´s top 10.

Before June 2013, Canada was commonly ranked near the bottom of TheMoveChannel.com´s top 40 countries, alongside Australia. As investors continue to head north of the border, they have now also begun to flock Down Under, helping Australia to leapfrog Bulgaria and the Bahamas to just two spaces below Canada. As Australia and Canada both enjoy rising property values, will Oz remain great and powerful during the rest of 2014?

TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson comments:
“Australia is traditionally one of the most popular destinations for British expats looking to relocate, but until now has never accounted for much activity on TheMoveChannel.com. With no marketing campaigns for Australia or notable property launches in recent months, February´s leap in demand is even more striking.

“Interest has mostly been driven by Asian investors keen to capitalise on the country´s rising house prices. Canada has seen a similar trend among buyers in the last six months, particularly from China. Their rise in the Top of the Props rankings shows the growing influence of Asian investors upon global real estate markets – it is no coincidence that countries such as Spain and Portugal are vying to attract non-EU buyers through ´golden visa´ schemes.

“Canada closed its own Immigrant Investor Program last month, which should drive demand for Australia´s property market from neighbouring investors even higher. The impact of this change upon TheMoveChannel.com´s figures will not be fully visible until next month. Given the country´s natural rise through the charts, though, Oz could be a new regular member of TheMoveChannel.com´s top 10 destinations.”

Notes to Editors
Founded in 1999, TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with more than 800,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

The website address is http://www.TheMoveChannel.com and the office address is 24 Jack’s Place, Corbet Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NN.
Contact Dan Johnson on 0207 952 7650 for further information.

Perth is top destination Down Under


Perth is the top destination Down Under, according to TheMoveChannel.com’s At a Glance. The infographic, which charts activity on the site over the past 12 months, shows that Perth was the most searched-for place for Australian property hunters.


The capital of the Western Australian state accounted for one-third (33.8 per cent) of all Australia searches on TheMoveChannel.com. Sydney came in a close second, attracting 28.21 per cent. Melbourne was also highly desirable among international buyers, responsible for 19.98 per cent of searches.
Despite Perth’s popularity, though, most buyers ended up in a different state when it came to signing on the dotted line: property in Queensland generated the highest number of enquiries (37.96 per cent), ahead of Western Australia (31.48 per cent).
Queensland’s activity was mostly driven by Brisbane, which was the most popular destination in the state, accounting for one in 20 Australian property searches. But Queensland was also home to three of the 10 most sought-after locations on TheMoveChannel.com, suggesting that while a large majority preferred Western Australia’s Perth, the eastern state had a broader appeal.
New South Wales accounted for one in five enquiries and one in 10 respectively, with buyers mostly looking for homes in Sydney and Melbourne. Adelaideattracted 5.17 per cent of buyers, enough to be the fourth most popular Australian location on the site, but the state of South Australia was responsible for just 0.92 per cent of enquiries.
Tasmania and the Northern Territory were the least popular states, receiving no enquiries on TheMoveChannel.com at all in the last year.
The At a Glance infographic also depicts the activity on Google over the past 12 months, revealing that houses are the most popular type of property in the Australia. Indeed, while previous At a Glance reports have found that generic searches are the most common for each country, “houses for sale in Australia” was the most frequently used keyword, consistently appearing in three times as many searches as “property in Australia” and “property for sale in Australia”. Overall searches for Australian property peaked in January 2013 before falling back to the same levels as last year.
Editor Ivan Radford comments:
“Australia has long been a top destination for expats looking for a new home. Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth are all regularly ranked among the world’s most liveable cities. That lifestyle reputation drives the majority of buyer interest on TheMoveChannel.com; it is no coincidence that those three are the most looked-for locations.
“The surprise is that while many people searched for the main Australian cities, buyers tended to end up somewhere else during the purchasing process. Only 1 in 20 were looking to Brisbane, but Queensland was the most popular property market in terms of enquiries. Is it a relative lack of listings in certain areas on TheMoveChannel.com that drives them to other cities, or the discovery of lower profile locations that are not as well known among international tourists?
“They may be flexible about where they will live, but buyers are very clear about what they want: it is unusual for a property type to appear in more Google searches than generic property-related keywords. Chinese investors are driving up investment in Oz real estate, but expats – particularly Brits – remain a big portion of the buyer market. With interest peaking at the start of a new year, as the weather worsened in the UK, the focus upon “houses for sale in Australia” may well be the mark of expats already picturing their new, sunny life Down Under.”
Click here to view the full infographic.
Notes to Editors
Founded in 1999, TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with than 400,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.
The website address is http://www.themovechannel.com and the office address is 24 Jack´s Place, Corbet Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NN.
Contact Dan Johnson on 0207 952 7650 for further information