Which Government Agency Licenses Your Broker?
Each country has its own Financial Regulator that is responsible for regulating Stock Brokers, Forex Dealers, CFD & Bitcoin Trading, and Commodity Exchanges.
Some countries like those who are members of the European Union, accept brokers who are registered with one countries regulatory agency. For example, the arrangement EU countries have with CySEC, the regulator of binary option brokers in Cyprus.
Scam Brokers may advertise that they are regulated by a specific countries regulatory agency, but it is the responsibility of the trader / investor to double check that;
- The broker is actually registered with the regulator.
- The brokers license is still valid.
Go here to see reviews of licensed and regulated Forex, CFD and Crypto Currency brokers.
Belize – International Financial Services Commission – http://www.ifsc.gov.bz/
Canada – Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) – http://www.iiroc.ca/
Cyprus – Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission – https://www.cysec.gov.cy/
Czech Republic – Czech National Bank (CNB) – http://www.cnb.cz/en/
Denmark – Finanstilsynet (The Danish FSA) – https://www.finanstilsynet.dk/
Estonia – MTR Majandus – https://mtr.mkm.ee/
France – Banque de France (BDF) – https://acpr.banque-france.fr/en
Germany – Bundesanstalt fur Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin) – https://www.bafin.de/EN/
Hungary – Pénzügyi Szervezetek Állami Felügyelete (PSZÁF) – http://www.mnb.hu/
Italy – Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) – http://www.consob.it/
Israel – Israel Securities Authority – http://www.isa.gov.il/
Japan – Financial Services Agency – http://www.fsa.go.jp/en/
Mexico – Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores – http://www.gob.mx/cnbv
Malaysia – Securities Commission of Malaysia – http://www.sc.com.my
Netherlands – Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) – http://www.afm.nl/
New Zealand – Financial Markets Authority – https://fma.govt.nz/
Russia – Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FMRCC) – http://fmrrc.ru/en
Spain – Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) – http://www.cnmv.es/
Slovakia – National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) – http://www.nbs.sk/
South Africa – Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) – https://www.fsca.co.za/
Sweden – Finansinspektionen (FI) – http://www.fi.se/
Switzerland – Eidgenössische Finanzmarktaufsicht FINMA – https://www.finma.ch/
United Kingdom – Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – https://register.fca.org.uk/
United States – U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission – https://www.cftc.gov/
Vanuatu – Vanuatu Financial Services Commission – https://www.vfsc.vu/