ASIC Binary Options Warning: Banc de Binary, 24Option included


July 6, AtoZForex - Back on the 20th of June, ASIC released a report about the Compliance review of the retail OTC derivatives sector and emphasized a rise in the activity of unauthorized binary options providers. In relation to this report, ASIC has now issued a warning upon its concern of about 40 unlicensed binary options providers or affiliates websites. According to ASIC Binary Options Warning, the majority on the list are binary options firms. While the remainder consists of binary options broker affiliate websites, binary option review websites, margin FX providers, FX service providers and binary options trading signal providers.

Details of ASIC Binary Options Warning

Based on the ASIC Binary Options warning, about 21 binary options have decided to collaborate with the regulator and adjust their activities to guarantee that they will not provide financial services in Australia until they have acquired the appropriate license or authorization. Some of the corrective steps include:

  • Deleting references that point to Australia on their website;
  • Stopping marketing campaigns that target Australian investors;
  • Adding disclaimers to websites and mobile apps;
  • Blocking sign-up access to Australian investors;
  • Shutting down existing Australian accounts;
  • Notifying Australian investors that the entity does not have an appropriate license in Australia.

Which companies agreed to implement adjustments?

Here is the list of binary options providers and websites that agreed to take corrective steps:

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Name of the Broker Country Website
IQ Option Cyprus https://iqoption.com
Rodeler Limited as 24Option Cyprus http://www.rodeler.com/
BDB Services Ltd trading as Banc de Binary Belize https://bancdebinary.com/
AnyOption Cyprus http://www.anyoption.com/
Stockpair.com Cyprus https://www.stockpair.com/
OneTwoTrade Malta https://www.onetwotrade.com
AM Capital Hong Kong http://www.amcapital.hk/
Centralspot Trading Cyprus http://www.centralspottrading.com/
Nuntius Brokerage & Investment Services S.A. Greece http://nuntiusbrokers.com/en/
Market Punter Limited  New Zealand http://www.marketpunter.com/
FMTrader Belize https://fmtrader.com/
Growell Capital Ltd INDONESIA http://www.growellcapital.com/
Blackwell Global Investments Cyprus http://www.blackwelltrader.com/
Tradersasset  - https://www.tradersasset.com/
Binary Options Pty  -  http://binaryoptionsptyltd.com.au/
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Diamond Managed FX - http://www.diamondmanagedfx.com/
CherryTrade  - http://www.cherrytrade.com/

Brokers which have not directly reacted to ASIC concerns, but have made some corrections are:

Name of the Broker Country Website
No1Options United Kingdom http://www.no1options.com/
AutoTradingBinary  UK http://www.autotradingbinary.com/
AAOption UK https://www.aaoption.com/
Trades Capital UK https://www.tradescapital.com/
Finpari UK https://www.finpari.com/
Binary Tilt UK https://www.binarytilt.com
Peter Knight Advisors Australia http://www.kfadvisors.com.au/
Banc de Options China http://www.bancdeoptions.com/
Ayrex Saint Kitts and Nevis https://www.ayrex.com/

How to protect yourself as an investor?

As advised by ASIC, Australian clients should check their brokers with professional registers to verify if the firm is licensed or not to provide financial services. 

Moreover, any company that operates or gives advice in binary options in Australia needs to possess Australian financial services (AFS) license or be authorized by an AFS licensee.

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