Binary Options and Financial Market Regulators

Binary Option Regulators

As we state repeatedly throughout the site, we consider Government Regulation to be an important aspect when choosing a binary option broker.

As highlighted on our Binary Option Scams pages, the following are the aspects we look for and is often the responsibility of regulators to enforce:

  1. Broker and traders’ capital are held separately
  2. Broker holds insurance policies to protect traders’ in case of failure
  3. Broker is required to hold a high amount of capital to operate
  4. Broker staff are trained and certified to provide advice
  5. Broker directors and Key Persons are good operators and have years of experience

Note that while we do our research, we cannot guarantee any information provided and it is often subject to change. It is the responsibility of the trader to do their own research and check the validity of the Broker’s license.

Government Regulators

A regulator either operated by or officially sanctioned by Government.

Trader’s can have much more confidence in a Government regulator compared to “non-official” or Non-Government regulatory bodies.

Australia – Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) –

Belgium – Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) –

Brazil – Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) –

Canada – Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) –
Note: Each of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories have their own regulatory body.

China – China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) –

Cyprus – Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec) –

Czech Republic – Czech National Bank (CNB) –

Denmark – Financial Supervisory Authority (DFSA) –

France – Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) –

Germany – Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) –

Hong Kong – Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) –

India – Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) –

Indonesia – Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) –

Israel – Israel Securities Authority (ISA) –

Italy – Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) –

Japan – Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA) –

Korea – Financial Services Commission (FSC) –

Malaysia – Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) –

Mexico – Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) –

Netherlands – Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) –

New Zealand – Financial Markets Authority (FMA) –

Norway – Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway –

Philippines – Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) –

Russia – Central Bank of Russia –

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines – Financial Service Authority (FSA) –

Singapore – Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) –

South Africa – Financial Services Board (FSB) –

Spain – Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) –

Sweden – Financial Supervisory Authority –

Switzerland – Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) –

Taiwan – Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) –

United Kingdom – Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) –

United States – Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) –

Non-Government Regulators

WARNING: A non-official  or “semi-formal” regulator.

We are increasingly wary of the effectiveness of these “regulators” (if you can even call them regulators). They look official but we would put less faith in them being able to handle a complaint or dispute compared with a Government Regulator.

Russia – Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FMRCC) –

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