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Best offshore jurisdictions to set up Forex brokerage in 2019

Quyen Nong | Jul. 25, 2019
Best offshore jurisdictions to set up Forex brokerage in 2019

While local regulators are pushing regulated brokers to their limits, offshore licensing is again a hot topic. In this article we will discuss about the best offshore jurisdictions to set up Forex brokerage in 2019

July 2, 2019 | AtoZ Markets - While we as traders are used to opposing offshore forex brokers, renowned regulators are actually making it impossible for people outside the US, Australia, New Zealand and the US to trade spot FX. As an example, in June IC Markets stoped serving its clients outside Australia.

Same action is being enforced by CySEC as well. Brokers are being forced to get a compliance opinion from every country they accept clients from otherwise face possibility of receiving a hefty fine. As a result, brokers are facing the following two actions:

  1. Stop serving clients outside the EU
  2. Open a separate offshore branch with relaxed regulatory requirements

Best country to set up a Forex brokerage

No matter how experienced you are, there is no one country which can be defined as the best country to set up a new Forex brokerage.

Your country choice should be based on how much money you have at your disposal as a start-up capital, what type of broker (A/B book or hybrid) you want to open and about your reason of going offshore.

If you don't necessarily need to be in an offshore environment, it is always recommended to set up your new Forex brokerage in one of the EU countries e.g. Cyprus. Although there are many corporate service providers, based on our experience Parparinos Milonas Corporate & Legal Consultants will get you the best result for your buck, both for establishing a new broker in Cyprus or an offshore brokerage in any other jurisdiction.

On the other end of the spectrum are off-shore jurisdictions, like BVI, Mauritius, Dominican Republic, etc. Establishing a brokerage firm in one of these jurisdictions is pretty straight-forward and relatively cheap too. However, you will always have problems with banks and payment processors. Therefore, you need to select your CSP strategically so that you can get your operations running without any hiccup.

Here are some of the most popular offshore jurisdictions:

  • Belize;
  • Mauritius;
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • Marshall Islands;
  • British Virgin Islands;
  • Cayman Islands;
  • the Seychelles;
  • Vanuatu (recent rising star for its cost)

The bottom line is, you need to do a proper an in-depth analysis of the jurisdiction before you decide to go ahead and set up a brokerage. Don’t be cheap, cheap is almost never the best option.

Offshore Forex Brokerage capital requirements

Alright, you are ready to move forward with your Offshore Forex Brokerage set-up. One of your biggest concern is likely to be your capital requirements. Often capital requirement by these countries intend to make sure that founders are financially solid.

  • Belize capital requirement for new Forex brokerage is USD $500,000
  • Cayman Islands capital requirement for new Forex brokerage is USD $100,000
  • Mauritius capital requirement for new Forex brokerage is USD $28,000 (MUR 1 000 000)

Meanwhile a Cyprus based CySEC licensed Forex Broker is required to have EUR 730,000 as its startup capital and there after maintain this amount as net tangible assets. Additionally, these brokers are obliged to maintain client funds in segregated accounts.

Cheapest Offshore country to set up a Forex Brokerage

The cheapest offshore country to set up a Forex Brokerage is Vanuatu. To set up a new brokerage in Vanuatu you will end up spending USD $2,000 as a local capital requirement and $1,000 - $3,000 to your corporate service provider

As we said, cheap is rarely a good option to set up a reliable financial service provider. So, if you end up going for this tiny Pacific Ocean island country your biggest issue will be finding a proper banking partner. Thus, make sure that your legal compliance partner is able to provide you a banking solution too.

Acquire a Cyprus Forex Broker with CIF license

If you do not necessarily need to go for offshore and look for faster way of getting your Forex Brokerage established Cyprus should be your key target.

The leading Global Marketing Service provider, 7Marketz Group can assist you to be connected with an existing Forex Brokerage which is for Sale. Buying such an entity could be cheaper from a larger perspective, since you are likely to have your Bank Accounts, MetaQuotes license as well as LPs included in the deal.

Full disclosure: is owned by the 7Marketz Group.

Risk of trading with offshore Forex brokers

If you are a trader and you have not done a proper research about your offshore broker, you run a big risk of losing your money to a possible scam. This does not mean all the offshore forex brokers are bad. Some of these brokers just chose to go for their offshore branch in order to give higher leverage, or accept clients from different countries besides just Europe or Australia.

If you have ended up with a shady offshore broker the following should be your main concern:

  1. Your broker can just disappear
  2. Your broker could delete your trading account
  3. Your earnings could be nullified by your broker and you might lose it all
  4. You may lose your deposit

If you have been a victim of an offshore broker scam, you might be able to recover your deposit. MyChargeBack is an American company, registered in Delaware, with a global focus and an international client base throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of AtoZ, nor should they be attributed to AtoZMarkets.