A licensed Forex broker or regulated bitcoin CFD broker, means that the broker has received a license from a government agency, to offer financial contracts. Each country has their own financial regulatory authority which licenses brokers, see list of regulators here.
Below you will find reviews of licensed brokers. There are many unlicensed brokers who try to give traders the impression that they are regulated when in fact they are not.
The reason European investors trade with a CySEC licensed broker, is that your funds are insured by the Cyprus Investors Compensation Fund. It is important when opening an account with a licensed broker, to double check that the brokers license is still active and valid.
Licensed brokers will always publish all the licenses they have.
United Kingdom brokers are regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority).
Australia has many Forex brokers that are licensed by the Australian financial regulator ASIC.
Americans need to make sure they are using a broker that is regulated by the CFTC or a member of FINRA. Using an offshore broker is almost a guarantee that you will get scammed.
Investors are constantly emailing us about problems withdrawing their money from a broker without a license. There is nothing we can do to help those traders. The only thing we can say is that traders should chose a licensed broker. You can see common complaints about unlicensed brokers, see here.
Auto Trading Software / Robots
Many people are looking for an automated trading software to trade on their behalf, you should go look at the most popular trading robots.