Yasmine Khater, Co-founder and Strategy Lead at VSStory, wanted to learn how to start investing to build a strategy for her financial portfolio.

For Yasmine, a diverse financial portfolio “represents freedomflexibility, and security; all of which impact the possibility of doing and being whoever I want to be without having to worry about money”.

Ever since the #SavvyUpTogether kick-off, she has expanded her knowledge in the world of trading. Therefore, when The New Savvy team invited her to try out IG Asia’s newest trading platform; it was an offer she simply can’t refuse.

IG Asia is a world-leading online trading and investments provider. It aims to give you access to opportunities across thousands of financial markets through intuitive platforms and apps. IG Asia recently launched its revamped trading platform giving clients a better trading experience making it easy for all to start trading.

The new platform offers potential customers the chance to try a demo account with $200,000 free trading credits. If you are interested in testing it out yourself, head over to the website to start trading (no risks, of course!).

Yasmine shares with us, her own experience and what she liked and disliked in the platform. 

The New Savvy (TNS): Why did you decide to participate and take part in using the IG platform?

Yasmine: My personal investment strategy has changed tremendously thanks to #SavvyUpTogether. I started reading a lot on various websites last year and started to make sure that I was working on getting my basics (emergency fund, health insurance, retirements savings, and investments) covered.

However, the reason I decided to try out the new platform is that I was curious to know the difference it had with my current existing trading platforms.

I was curious to experience a new platform and compare it to my existing platforms.

The New Savvy (TNS): Have you ever tried trading before?

Yasmine: I have been trading for just over a year, and started with SG markets and now expanding into US and Australia.

I come from an Arab family where a lot of wealth building is around buying real estate. With real estate being so expensive and so liquid in nature, my interest has been in learning more about REITs, ETF, stocks and a small portion of cryptocurrencies.

The New Savvy (TNS): Before this, have you heard of the IG Asia before?

Yasmine: I’ve only heard about IG Asia on certain forum websites. So instead of relying on reviews from the internet, I wanted to test the platform myself.

The New Savvy (TNS): If you look at the platform, what kind of questions do you expect?  

Yasmine: Price of the transaction, reliability

The New Savvy (TNS): Are you using other online trading platforms?  

Yasmine: I currently use fundsupermart and Vickers.

The New Savvy (TNS): If so, what is the difference between the platforms?

Yasmine: I like how IG Asia has the drag and drop option, which makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors due to ease of accessibility and navigation.

The New Savvy (TNS): Was it easy to navigate through IG’s online portal? What did you like about it?

Yasmine: I have to admit that at first, it wasn’t easy to figure out. Especially since it’s not what I am used to. But I’ve since been able to enjoy the newest features and work it to my own advantage.

The New Savvy (TNS): Which markets are you currently looking at? Why so?

Yasmine: I am currently familiarising myself with the Singapore, Australia and United States markets.  I started off in Singapore as its local territory and easier to understand and view the products. Subsequently, I explored the Australia and US markets and the availability of good technologies there.

The New Savvy (TNS): What have you learned from using the platform after one week?

Yasmine: I think the onboarding on how to use the platform should be better, right now it is a bit clunky.

The New Savvy (TNS): If you had any feedback or inquiries about the platform, did you try contacting the customer service helpline?

Yasmine: I did not reach out to customer experience, as I simply did not feel the need to do so. I merely tried out the platform by exploring it myself and eventually learned how to navigate through it.

Yasmine will continue to trade on IG Asia for the months to come. Stay tuned to hear more about her experience!

About Yasmine Khater About IG 
A business and marketing strategist, psychologist, and TEDx speaker, it comes as no surprise that Yasmine Khater was named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Fun Fearless Females” and won the “World of Difference Award” from the International Alliance of Women

She now works as Strategy lead at VSStory, a company she co-founded to help visionary companies or “empire builders” get more visibility by crafting compelling stories to inspire both employees and customers.


Founded in 1974 as the first company of their kind, IG Asia has been at the forefront of the industry ever since. They serve clients all over the world, from sales offices in 15 countries.

More traders trust IG Asia with their money than anywhere else, making them the world’s No.1 CFD provider1. IG Asia is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Enterprise Singapore


This article was sponsored by IG, the world’s No.1 CFD provider (by revenue excluding FX, February 2018). All views, opinions, and recommendations expressed in the article are the independent opinion of The New Savvy and do not in any way reflect the views, opinions, endorsements or recommendations, of IG Asia Pte Ltd (Co. Reg. No. 20051002K) (“IG”). Information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute any form of investment advice nor an offer or solicitation to invest in any financial instrument. IG provides an execution-only service. The information provided in the article does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation, or particular needs of any person. Where in doubt, you should seek advice from an independent financial adviser separately regarding the suitability of the investment, under a separate engagement, as you deem fit. No responsibility is accepted by IG for any loss or damage arising in any way (including due to negligence) from anyone acting or refraining from acting as a result of this information or material. All forms of investments carry risks and may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Please ensure that you fully understand the risks and costs associated with trading CFDs.

1Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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