Geneva-based Dukascopy Bank, which is a retail forex and CFDs broker, published its annual financials ending December 31, 2020, reporting a record in its income and profits. The total operating income of the company touched CHF 40.1 million, a yearly jump of 43.2 percent. It generated CHF 28 million and CHF 27.4 million in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
The windfall was generated mostly due to the economic impact of the Covid-induced lockdown that led to extreme volatility in the market.
“2020 was an exceptional year in terms of trading profits due to high volatility,” Dukascopy’s co-CEOs, Veronika and Andrey Duka, said in a statement.
A Record Year for the Company
The income was further amplified as the company managed to trim down its operating expenses by almost 14 percent to CHF 21 million. Its net profit stood for the year stood at CHF 10.4 million, up from the previous year’s CHF 2.2 million.
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Dukascopy further highlighted that it allocated CHF 4 million to create a ‘reserve for general banking risks,’ of which CHF 3.4 million will reinforce its capital base. Without this allocation, the net profits would be even higher.
Founded in 2004, Dukascopy now has many business vertices, and its operations also expand internationally. The group’s bank and securities houses are regulated in Switzerland, Latvia, and Japan. It has additionally invested heavily in the crypto business and is now offering issuance, custody, and exchange infrastructure to digital currency businesses.
The annual report further highlighted that the group generated a net profit of CHF 78,000 from its Dukascopy Europe, by reducing the operating expense by 30.3 percent. Dukascopy Japan generated a net profit of CHF 96,000. SWFX – Swiss FX Marketplace SA, which was consolidated first in 2019, also generated a profit of CHF 118,000.
“These results represent a historical record for the Bank since its inception and result from a combination between a general increase in banking results and exceptional market conditions,” the co-CEOs added.