Vic Jokovic - Chi-X

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Vic Jokovic CEO of Chi-X

Do you think that the Australian stock market IS the ASX? Few people know that there is another exchange accounting for 20-25% of daily trades. Chi-X is an alternative exchange and a competitor to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) within the Australian investment market.

Chief Executive Officer of Chi-X, Vic Jokovic, has worked as a broker his entire career, for large brokerage firms such as Deustche Bank. He shares his early experiences on the trading floor, a physical exchange with lots of noise, high energy and ‘Chalkies’ writing prices up onto chalk boards. It was the days of single computer monitors on lazy-susans and ashtrays built into the trading desks. Exchanges have rapidly progressed to become the digitised and automated on-line platforms that we see today.

Vic Jokovic CEO of Chi-X

We discuss Chi-X since its launch in 2011 and how it has fostered price competition in a market that had been monopolised by the ASX. Chi-X charged brokers fees significantly less than the ASX, forcing them to lower their fees to remain competitive. Vic takes us through the seamless use of Chi-X as an investor, often not realising when we have bought from the Chi-X exchange. A more profound way that investors, like you and I have benefited, is from reduced commissions that have been passed on to us as a result of lower fees that brokers face when trading.

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One of the topics discussed that I found particularly interesting, is a unique product offered by Chi-X, known as Transferable Custody Receipts, or TraCRs. Vic explains how these can give you access to US shares without the hassle of setting up an international account, dealing with foreign exchange and copious amounts of paperwork. Here's a link to find out more.

With Australian investors tending to invest predominantly in Australian shares and property, the opportunity to buy shares directly from major US companies with minimal fuss is remarkable.

Throughout this episode, Vic also shares some dad advice that he has been passing on to his children, as well as some of the worst mistakes and most important lessons picked up throughout his career.

Below are a couple of images of stock market chalk boards back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

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Many thanks to Lara Richardson, student and intern with the Australian Shareholders' Association for researching and writing this blog post.


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