The launch of Finvest, an online investment platform, signals Lu International’s continued efforts to expand its footprint across Southeast Asia via strategic partnership.
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 17 November 2020 – Lu International (Singapore) Financial Asset Exchange Pte. Ltd. (“Lu International”), a subsidiary of China’s leading technology-empowered personal financial services platform Lufax Holding, and KASIKORNBANK, leader in digital banking and one of Thailand’s largest banks, announced today the launch of FinVest, an online wealth management platform. The new digital investment platform is aimed to help retail investors in Thailand gain access to a full spectrum of onshore and offshore investment products at a low minimum investment amount through the extensive network and relationships brought by Lu International, and the local expertise offered by KASIKORNBANK.
From left to right: Mr. Kit Wong, CEO of Lu International (Singapore), Mr. Choladet Khemarattana, CEO and co-founder of Robowealth Mutual Fund Brokerage Securities Company Limited, and Mr. Patchara Samalapa, President of KASIKORNBANK
FinVest aims to provide personalised investment solutions for retail investors. The online investment platform that has been built in partnership between Lu International and KASIKORNBANK caters to digitally savvy investors, providing access to more than 600 funds from 15 Asset Management Companies in Thailand.
“Thailand is one of the fastest growing markets in Southeast Asia and continues to see rapid wealth growth and economic development,” said Greg Gibb, CEO of Lufax Holding. “Partnerships and the sharing of technology know-how are defining the financial industry across the region, making significant improvements to the quality of service and offerings to clients. Through the collective capabilities of Lu International and KASIKORNBANK, investors now have access to international investment opportunities that have previously only been available to a select few.”
Additionally, FinVest offers a curated client experience, including an enhanced design as well as user-friendly and mobile-friendly screen flows. In designing the mobile app, Lu International and KASIKORNBANK prioritise the needs of retail investors. These include the ability to make informed investment decisions and the access to relevant investment knowledge provided by Lu International and KASIKORNBANK in collaboration with Robowealth, a wealth-tech and investment specialist and investment solutions provider in Thailand. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to make sure of the best investment journey to all investors.
Kit Wong, CEO of Lu International, commented, “Digital technology is rapidly changing the way investors use financial services. They are increasingly using digital channels to purchase financial products and invest. FinVest offers clients the convenience, efficiency, intelligence, and ease of use through a personalised online wealth management platform that will help Thailand and its economy stay at the forefront of the digital financial revolution taking place across the region.”
Mr. Patchara Samalapa, KASIKORNBANK President, said, “In 2020, Thailand’s total outstanding capital market value is worth around 44 trillion baht. Of this amount, investment in mutual funds totals 4.8 trillion baht or around 10 percent. Of late, the younger generation has shown increasing interest in mutual funds, preferring to conduct transactions via digital channels and seeking products related to Thai and foreign equity instruments. Moreover, open-architecture investment is growing every year. Development of the FinVest digital platform will help enhance investment potential for Thai retail investors, allowing them to directly invest in global mutual funds via FinVest”.
“FinVest marks a cooperative effort towards digital technology development; KASIKORNBANK, which has extensive digital banking expertise; Lu International — a Singapore-based company under Lufax Holding, which is an associate of Ping An Group — a large Chinese company with a team of world-class experts well-versed in investment technology; and Robowealth Mutual Fund Brokerage Securities Co., Ltd., an expert in wealth tech, ensuring that the FinVest platform is in alignment with the Thai capital market under the supervision of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand. This cooperation also reinforces KASIKORNBANK’s status as a complete banking service provider, based on a combination of its own digital banking expertise and that of the world’s leading partners and fintech experts, to ensure that KASIKORNBANK is everywhere around you”.
FinVest seamlessly caters to local investors with round-the-clock digital access to comprehensive information about their accounts, market insights and intelligence relevant to their portfolio, while opening the door to premium onshore and offshore wealth management products with an approximate minimum investment amount of US$35 / THB1, 000 with no additional account opening or closing fees. The platform also adopts strict Know Your Product (KYP) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance procedures, alongside an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and an anti-fraud system, to meet regulatory requirements.
Lu International continues to strengthen its network via strategic partnership in collaboration with local financial institutions leveraging its technology and industry know-how across Southeast Asia as part of its expansion to capitalise on wealth management digitization and growth opportunities for financial services in some of the world’s up and coming economies..
Finvest is available on Apple Store, Google Play Store and Huawei App Gallery. For more information, please visit www.finvest.co.th.
About Lufax Holding
Lufax Holding Ltd is a leading technology-empowered personal financial services platform in China. Lufax Holding Ltd primarily utilizes its customer-centric product offerings and offline-to-online channels to provide retail credit facilitation services to small business owners and salaried workers in China as well as tailor-made wealth management solutions to China’s rapidly growing middle class. The Company has implemented a unique, capital-light, hub-and-spoke business model combining purpose-built technology applications, extensive data, and financial services expertise to effectively facilitate the right products to the right customers.
About LU International
LU Global is the online wealth management platform operated by Lu International (Singapore) Financial Asset Exchange Pte Ltd (Co. Reg No 201702479G). Lu Global is a mobile investment and wealth management platform operated out of Singapore, licensed and regulated by MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore). It offers 24/7 online access to a wide range of high quality investments, and offers investors the opportunity to invest easily with small investment amounts, and with low commitment. The customers have the ability to invest with maximum flexibility while still being able to benefit from superior returns.