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Forex Regulation News Archive - Jan to Jun 2015


View below the most current forex regulation news from forex regulatory authorities around the world that was published between January and June 2015. This service provided for you by the staff at Best Online Forex Brokers, as we are constantly striving to provide you, our website visitors, with the most complete and up to date information on forex brokers and forex regulatory issues.

Forex Trend Accounts for 60% of Complaints to New Zealand's FDR

25 Jun 2015, Auckland, New Zealand - LeapRate - During the 11 months to May 31, 2015, New Zealand's Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) scheme got 248 complaints regarding Forex Trend, all of them from Ukrainian residents. Clients of Forex Trend Ltd, the retail Forex broker that was earlier this month deregistered from New Zealand's Financial Services Providers (FSP) list due to regulatory concerns, have been most active in contacting the Financial . . .


One Financial Markets Announces New FSP License in South Africa

25 Jun 2015, Pretoria, South Africa - One Financial Markets - One Financial Markets is pleased to announce its new license to operate as a foreign financial service provider (FSP) in South Africa. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK, One Financial Markets offers international market access to retail and institutional clients via a comprehensive range of FX and CFD products. Stuart Cooke, . . .


EU Brokers Brace for Reduction in Leverage to 100:1 in Poland This July

22 Jun 2015, Poland - Finance Magnates - Rules governing margin requirements will soon go into effect in Poland, restricting leverage to 100:1 for retail forex traders. Laws governing margin requirements are set to go into effect next month in Poland. The updated rules will limit leverage for forex trading to 100:1. For forex brokers, the guidelines set forth occur after the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (aka KNF) spent parts of 2014 . . .


Saxo Bank Launches SaxoTraderGO Globally, Renounces CySEC License

16 Jun 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark - Finance Magnates - The Danish multi-asset brokerage has concluded the launch of its new platform with all retail clients of the broker gaining access. About a month and a half after Saxo Bank introduced its new trading platform in Paris, the brokerage has announced that it is about to conclude with the global rollout of SaxoTraderGO. The last country where the new solution will be introduced today is Switzerland.


CommexFX's License Suspended for Endangering Clients' Interests

12 Jun 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - LeapRate - CySEC has given CommexFX Ltd fifteen day to take actions in order to comply with the Directive, 'Safeguarding of clients' funds'. The Cypriot financial watchdog took action today against CommexFX, a broker operating mainly in Egypt and China as well as other Asian markets. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has just announced that the authorisation of the Cyprus Investment Firm 'CommexFX . . .


New Zealand's Regulator Orders Deregistration of Forex Trend from FSP List

10 Jun 2015, Auckland, New Zealand - LeapRate - The Financial Markets Authority today started procedures for striking off the troubled FX broker from the list of Financial Service Providers (FSP). The situation around financial troubled Forex Trend Limited, the New Zealand-based retail Forex broker, is worsening, as the country's financial watchdog today ordered the deregistration of the company from the Financial Service Providers (FSP) register.


FSC Suspends FX Primus License

29 May 2015, Ebene, Mauritius - AtoZ Forex - The last few weeks the major forex industry player FX Primus has been at the center of attention, in positive light as well as less. Having hired various ex-IronFX industry specialists the brokerage has strengthened its team with great expertise, ever since FX Primus obtained its CySEC licensed back in December last year. However, mid May this year the brokerage's IPO plan got halted by ASIC, while a . . .


Mitsubishi's kabu.com gets Business Improvement Order from Japan's Regulator

28 May 2015, Tokyo, Japan - LeapRate - The retail FX broker will have to solve problems with its risk management systems and controls. Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) has once again shown that it is a strict regulator, as it presented kabu.com, a retail FX subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (TYO:8306), with a business improvement order. The latter is in itself a set of measures that the company has to implement to solve the . . .


Strict Regulations for Forex Trading in Israel Start Tuesday

25 May 2015, Jerusalem, Israel - Finance Magnates - On Tuesday, a new regulatory regime for providers of forex and CFD trading in Israel will finally come into effect. This means that already established brokers will now have to operate in accordance with the demands of the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) in order to not be disqualified from receiving a "Trading Arena" license, as referred to by law.


ASIC Requires FX Primus to Cease Targeting Australian Investors

21 May 2015, Australia - ASIC Media Release - Following concerns raised by ASIC, FX Primus, which provides margin foreign exchange (margin FX) and contracts for difference (CFDs) trading, has agreed to make changes to its websites and to notify its Australian clients that it is not licensed to provide them with financial services. Over the past few weeks, ASIC has raised a number of issues, including the provision of unlicensed financial . . .


Phillipines' SEC Stops the Forex Activities of MetisEtrade

20 May 2015, Pasay City, Phillipines - ABS-CBN News - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease and desist order against a Filipino-Korean firm allegedly selling foreign currency trading contracts to the public illegally. MetisEtrade Inc. , as well as its officers, directors, agents and representatives were ordered to stop engaging in activities related to selling and/or offering of its products, which it refers to as . . .


CySEC Imposes Administrative Fine on Reliantco / UFXMarkets

20 May 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - LeapRate - The firm breached Cypriot investment laws by appointing a tied agent without registration and by not obtaining necessary information from clients regarding their level of knowledge of the services they signed up for. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) today published an announcement regarding an administrative penalty on Reliantco Investments Ltd, the parent company of retail FX broker UFXMarkets.


Australian FX Firm AETOS Beefs up UK License

18 May 2015, London, UK - LeapRate - AETOS now holds an FCA license with variation of permission (VOP) to hold clients' money. AETOS Capital Group, a retail Forex group originally registered in Australia, has announced that it has obtained an enhanced license in the UK. The firm's registration with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been effective for more than two years already but the business is now starting to develop, so the license . . .


ASIC Blocks FX Primus IPO

14 May 2015, Australia - The Australian Financial Review - The corporate watchdog has blocked the potential float of an online foreign exchange broker, FX Primus, as concerns mount about the prevalence of brokers setting up shop in Australia to target forex punters in the region. FX Primus Group initially lodged a 135-page initial public offering prospectus to raise equity with Australian Securities and Investment Commission on April 16, but the . . .


Quebec AMF Blacklists Numerous Forex Brokers Including AccentForex, Ava Trade, LiteForex, Markets.com, Plus500 and XM

8 May 2015, Quebec, Canada - AtoZ Forex - Quebec's financial market watchdog the Autorite des marches financiers ("AMF") has issued a special warning as regards the recent popularity of binary options brokers, many of which are may actually have fraudulent intentions. The Canadian province has become a new target for binary options dealers, both licensed and unlicensed. The warning is majorly directed at this brokers that are not duly authorized . . .


Malta Financial Services Authority Issues Warning Against Bank Invest Capital Ltd

7 May 2015, Attard, Malta - Malta Financial Services Authority - The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has become aware of an entity operating under the name Bank Invest Capital Ltd, claiming to have an address in Valletta Malta, which entity purports to be licensed by the MFSA. The MFSA wishes to alert the public, in Malta and abroad, that the above mentioned entity is NOT a company registered in Malta NOR is it an entity . . .


AMF Blacklists 70 Brokers, Including GAINSY

7 May 2015, Paris, France - AtoZ Forex - In accordance with its regular duty of keeping a close watch on the financial system, France's Autorite des marches financiers (AMF), has again updated its FX black list. This is a list of unlicensed firms selling FX trading products and services to individuals within its jurisdiction without due authorization from the relevant regulatory body.


New Zealand's FMA Says Forex Trend Cannot Meet Obligations to Clients

4 May 2015, Auckland, New Zealand - LeapRate - The FX broker, which has been blacklisted in Russia already, is unable to meet its obligations and will soon be in the hands of liquidators. Today brought an unfortunate piece of news for the clients of Forex Trend, a retail FX broker with an address in Ukraine and registration in New Zealand. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA), New Zealand's financial services watchdog, has issued a warning . . .


Unauthorised FxPulp still Active after License Termination?

1 May 2015, Attard, Malta - AtoZ Forex - In a recent public notice that has been sent out by the Malta Financial Services Authority under the Foreign Warning section, the regulator warns all investor to be cautious of any financial services offering from Pulp International Business Ltd. Since the parent firm of FxPulp is no longer regulated by CySEC anymore, since the effective termination back on the 16th of March, 2015. The Maltese watchdog is . . .


Pepperstone Targets Canadian Clients Without IIROC License

23 Apr 2015, Melbourne, Australia - Finance Magnates - The brokerage has announced Canadian dollar denominated accounts for Canadian clients, where OTC forex is regulated strictly by IIROC. Pepperstone is the latest brokerage to offer clients Canadian dollar denominated accounts. What is surprising is that the company claims that the new service targets the company's Canadian customers. In accordance with current Canadian legislation, only brokers . . .


APAC-focused Retail Broker OctaFX Obtains British FCA License

15 Apr 2015, London, UK - LeapRate - OctaFX, a retail brokerage registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines which concentrates on business in the Asia Pacific region, has been granted a regulatory license by Britain's Financial Conduct Authority. Retail FX brokerage OctaFX has been granted a regulatory license by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in Britain, just two months after LeapRate reported that the firm was planning the establishment . . .


Monetary Authority Of Singapore Scolds CMC Markets over Margin Rates

8 Apr 2015, Singapore - Finance Magnates - The Singapore arm of CMC Markets has been reprimanded by the local regulator for failing to apply prescribed margin rates. According to an announcement published by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the overreaching arm of one of the strictest financial regulators in the world has reprimanded CMC Markets. The MAS highlighted in its announcement that the Singapore arm of CMC Markets has committed . . .



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CySEC Warns Brokers Issuing Bonuses to Clients

8 Apr 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - Finance Magnates - A number of complaints against brokers incorporated in Cyprus and their bonus conditions have been circulating around the web. Coincidentally or not, just a day after the . . .


CySec Revokes the License of FxPulp

6 Apr 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - LeapRate - Following a suspension of its CySec license in February this year, FxPulp has now had its license revoked permanently. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec) has today . . .


ASIC Suspends AGM Markets Licence

2 Apr 2015, Australia - ASIC Media Release - Following an investigation, ASIC has suspended the Australian financial services (AFS) licence of FX provider AGM Markets Pty Ltd (AGM). The move is part of ASIC's . . .


InstaForex Quits Self-Regulatory Body KROUFR After Just One Month

2 Apr 2015, Russia - Finance Magnates - FinPotrebSoyuz is not a very well known body in the Russian forex industry and its ability to handle complex cases. Kaliningrad-headquartered broker InstaForex announced the suspension . . .


FCA Raising Regulatory Fees for First Time Since 2010

26 Mar 2015, London, UK - Finance Magnates - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on its fee schedule for all regulated firms for the 2015/16. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on its fee . . .


FCA and IG Group Discuss Post SNB Actions Due to Abundant Complaints

17 Mar 2015, London, UK - AtoZ Forex - The Financial Conduct Authority, UK's watchdog, have been in discussion with IG Group Holdings Inc. , upon the measures and handlings the broker took in the reluctant aftermath of the . . .


Traders Trust Fined 5,000 Euros by CySec for Providing Misleading Information

10 Mar 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - LeapRate - Cypriot regulatory authority CySec has imposed a 5,000 euro administrative penalty on Traders Trust over misleading information with regard to the increasing of equity. The Cyprus . . .


Ontario's Investment Watchdog OSC Collects $73.45 Million From Enforcement Action in 2014

3 Mar 2015, Ontario, Canada - LeapRate - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has last night published a report on enforcement activity in 2014, with the numbers showing a drop in the number of cases where enforcement . . .


CySEC Suspends Financial Services License of FxPulp on Two Counts

18 Feb 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus - Finance Magnates - The Cypriot watchdog has raised its concerns about the client funds at the company and the compliance with the practice of client funds segregation, while also being alarmed . . .


Following Warning from Alpari, Russia's CRFIN Blacklists Forex Trend

16 Feb 2015, Moscow, Russia - LeapRate - Forex Trend, the retail Forex brokerage registered in New Zealand, seems to be the focus of negative publicity lately, with Russia's Forex self-regulatory organization CRFIN adding its . . .


New Israeli Forex Regulations Finally Come into Effect

9 Feb 2015, Jerusalem, Israel - LeapRate - It's been a long time coming, and now it's finally here: New legislation passed in 2014 will regulate the Israeli FX market for the first time in 2015. This will represent an . . .


FXDD US Applies for Withdrawal of Introducing Broker License with the NFA

31 Jan 2015, Chicago, IL, USA - Finance Magnates - According to a corporate announcement made by FXDD Global, the firm's US unit has applied to withdraw its IB license due to the firm's concentration of efforts on its globally . . .


Australia Headquartered Brokerage ThinkForex Obtains FCA License

26 Jan 2015, London, UK - Finance Magnates - One of the leading Australian brokers providing foreign exchange and CFD trading services, ThinkForex, has shared with Forex Magnates' reporters that it obtained a UK. regulatory license.


Malta Financial Services Authority Issues Letter to License Holders Regarding Minimum Regulatory Capital

22 Jan 2015, Attard, Malta - LeapRate - The Malta Financial Services Authority is requesting that any license holder affected by the Swiss franc market event should inform the regulator immediately without undue delay. In the . . .


JFSA Orders Alpari Japan to Retain Assets within the Country

20 Jan 2015, Tokyo, Japan - Finance Magnates - Troubling times for Alpari UK have prompted the Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA) to undertake a series of administrative actions with regard to Alpari Japan, its . . .


IronFX Global MENA Obtains Licence from DFSA to Operate in Dubai

19 Jan 2015, Dubai, UAE - Investing.com - IronFX Global MENA Limited, is announcing that it has been granted the licence to operate as an Authorised Firm by DFSA (Dubai Financial Services Authority). The DFSA is known for its . . .


French Regulator AMF Warns 56 Financial Entities Including AstonForex, GCI Financial, SunbirdFX, InstaForex and Tradaxa

17 Jan 2015, Paris, France - AtoZ Forex - The French regulator AMF (Autorite des Marches Financiers) announced an official public warning against 56 financial websites and entities offering forex investments without legal binding.