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Derivatives trading spikes as investors embrace risk in volatile markets

Retail traders more likely to incur losses due to lack of experience or understanding

“With each crisis . . . the public becomes more informed about the various instruments and options they have to manage and grow their wealth.” - OCBC Securities’ Keeve Tan

“The unprecedented volatility earlier this year has presented investors with many opportunities to profit from short-term price movements.” - Phillip Futures’ Benjamin Yeo


BROKERAGES are seeing a surge in the use of derivatives in uncertain times - a trend that they say reflects a lift in sophistication of retail investors here. But the risks of losses on these products are also higher, and the products are sometimes not well understood.


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