Analysis: Germany’s Ultimatum to CFDs Brokers – Negative Balance No More

December 11, 2016Andy No Comments »

Negative balance protection is becoming a must even for STP brokers. Contracts with an additional payments obligation, such as margin, will soon not be available to retail clients in Germany.

FCA gets tough on Retail CFD Sector

December 9, 2016admin No Comments »

On 6 December 2016, the UK Financial Conduct Authority proposed stricter rules for firms selling ‘contract for differences’ products (CFDs) to retail customers. The proposals follow heightened regulatory scrutiny on the sector across Europe, amid concerns that a growing number of retail customers are trading in CFDs without understanding the risks involved.

Investment Trends Report

January 18, 2014Andy No Comments »

Investment Trends is an Australian research firm which has been reporting on the UK’s online trading market for the last five years. Its report for 2013 emphasizes the growth in mobile trading and the continuing dominance of IG Group in the marketplace. The report is heavy on the numbers, and compares the three trading spectrums […]

Australia, New Academic Paper on CFDs

November 28, 2012Andy No Comments »

A new academic paper investigates the after cost performance of investors in Australian Securities Exchange listed share CFDs.

South Africa, JSE To Launch CFDs Exchange

November 13, 2012Andy No Comments »

South Africa’s Johannesburg stock exchange plans to start offering CFDs on its platform early in 2013. The JSE released the announcement this morning citing increased awareness and demand for the leveraged retail product.

Europe, OTC Derivatives Regulation Under EMIR

June 20, 2012Andy No Comments »

The impending European Union rules governing over-the-counter derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR) targets to adopt the G20 commitment to oblige clearing of standardised OTC derivative transactions by central counterparties by the end of this year.

Australia, Australian Securities and Investments Commission highlights CFD Compliance Issues

June 1, 2012Andy No Comments »

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission review of client money practices and reconciliation practices has found out that a number of issuers of OTC contracts for difference and margin FX derivatives are non-compliant.

Europe, Regulating Europe’s Derivative Markets – Where Are We Now?

May 31, 2012Andy No Comments »

Although the publication of the EMIR rules finally puts in place the broad regulatory framework to govern the OTC derivatives market and establishes common rules for central counterparties and trade repositories, much of the real detail has yet to be drafted.

Singapore, MAS to Tighten CFD Rules

May 14, 2012Andy No Comments »

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is planning to tighten its rules regarding CFDs trading.

Europe, NYSE Euronext Plans CFD Exchange For Retail Traders

April 3, 2012Andy No Comments »

The NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced that it planning to launch a new derivatives marketplace in the UK and Europe in 2013 that will empower private traders and investors to trade CFDs mirroring currency pairs, commodities and other markets, according to insider sources.

Australia, Leading CFD Providers form Industry Body

April 3, 2012Andy No Comments »

Six leading CFD brokers in Australia have joined in an initiative to produce a set of 16 industry standards, including unconditional segregation of client funds as they attempt to win back the trust of traders and investors hit by the demise of MF Global.

Australia, New ASIC Guidelines Target Misleading Ads

February 16, 2012Andy No Comments »

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has taken its crackdown on misleading ads for financial products and services one step further by issuing a guide that strives to restrict the language of financial planners.

UK, IG Markets Launches Insight Platform

February 7, 2012Andy No Comments »

IG Markets has launched a new platform designed to help traders research markets events and analyse data. The new research software application which IG has baptized as the new Insight platform is a centralised platform encompassing market data, live news and expert analysis on the financial markets.

Australia, Saxo Capital Markets Launches Australian Retail Operations

February 1, 2012Andy 1 Comment »

After a few forays in Australia as a financier and platform provider for failed trading houses like Tricom and Sonray, Danish bank Saxo has decided to ramp up its business in Australia and has now opened a direct office in Sydney.

Netherlands, Disclosure of CFDs and Other Cash-Settled Equity Derivatives

January 30, 2012Andy No Comments »

As from January 2012 Dutch listed companies are obliged to notify the market for substantial shareholdings including cash-settled financial instruments which have a similar economic effect to holdings of shares.