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Forex trading regulations by country

Regulations are formed to protect consumers from the naturally risky nature of day trading. These regulators control all activities and events that take place in the Forex and financial industry. Below find a list of the world’s major regulatory bodies for the foreign exchange market broken down by country as well as the main benefits of trading with a regulated broker.

CountryRegulator
AustraliaAustralian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
CanadaInvestment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)
CyprusCyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)
DenmarkDanish FSA
FranceBanque de France (BDF), Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel (ACP)
GermanyFederal Financial Supervisory Authority (FFSA)
Hong KongSecurities and Futures Commission (SFC)
IndiaReserve Bank of India (RBI)
IndonesiaBadan Pengawas Perdagangan Berjangka Komoditi
ItalyCommissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB)
JapanFinancial Services Agency (FSA), Japan Investor Protection Fund (JIPF), The Financial Futures Association of Japan (FFAJ), Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), Kanto Local Finance Bureau (KLFB)
MacauMonetary Authority of Macau (AMCM)
MalaysiaBank Negara Malaysia (BNM)
New ZealandFinancial Markets Authority (FMA)
RussiaThe Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FMRRC)
SingaporeSingapore Exchange (SGX), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
South AfricaFinancial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA)
SpainComisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV)
SwedenSwedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen)
SwitzerlandSwiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), Groupement Suisse des Conseils en Gestion Indépendants (GSCGI), Polyreg, Association Romande des Intermediares Financiers (ARIF), Swiss Federal Department of Finance (FDF), Organisme d'autorégulation des Gerants de Patrimoine (OAR-G)
United Arab EmiratesCentral Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE), Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
United KingdomFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA)
United StatesCommodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), FINRA, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Benefits of trading with a regulated broker

  • Transparency – if the broker is regulated, it can not manipulate trades.
  • Insurance – if your broker goes bust, you can expect to get at least some of your funds back.
  • Anti-money laundering – money laundering is an issue that plagues governments across the world and is partly responsible for financing illegal activity.
  • Risk-Warnings – your broker will have to display clear risk warnings before you sign up for an account.
  • Leverage limits – regulatory bodies enforce maximum leverage limits to prevent individuals from borrowing excessive amounts.
  • Segregation – brokers must keep all operating capital separate from clients funds to ensure your broker honours withdrawal requests and can always afford to pay you.

Get access to the financial markets in 3 simple steps

Step 1

Choose a broker from the list to partner up with.

Step 2

Visit broker’s website and open a trading account.

Step 3

Start trading the global markets with safety.

Choosing the right broker

It’s important to have confidence in your broker, devote more time and attention to analysis and developing strategies. Conducting research before committing to a broker is crucial, and can increase the odds of success in such a competitive market.

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