CFTC updates ‘RED List’ with 34 new forex and binary brands

abdelaziz Fathi

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today updated its caution list, the ‘RED List,’ in which it warns the public against unauthorized FX and binary options firms that are illegally conducting financial services targeting the country’s residents.

The CFTC added 34 new names to the list, bringing the total number of backlisted entities to 202.

The CFTC has been active recently in its cleanup of the forex space with charges being brought against a dozen of brokers and trading apps. Just last week, the agency hit Interactive Brokers LLC with a roughly $1 million fine for failing to adhere to certain regulations, including that it failed to supervise its employees’ handling of exchange fees charged to customers.

The registered futures commission merchant was ordered to pay $710,828.14 in disgorgement with credit for money paid to affected customers, and a $300,000 civil monetary penalty, as part of its settlement with the CFTC.

Today’s warning is also another action within the US regulators’ crackdown on binary options operatives after a series of cases uncovered massive fraud in the shady industry.

The RED List

Short for ‘Registration Deficient List,’ the RED list follows the example of other regulators abroad, such as the AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers) in France, which allows investors to identify unregistered foreign entities that may be engaged in illegal practices.

The US regulator’s list includes forex and binary options brokers that appear to be soliciting and/or accepting funds from US residents without having obtained CFTC registration, providing more protection and transparency for investors.

According to the CFTC, many of these foreign entities are acting in a capacity requiring them to be registered with the CFTC. Registration allows the agency to provide greater security and oversight of the industry by examining whether firms meet minimum financial standards as well as disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.

However, the press release emphasized that registration is no guarantee against fraud or mismanagement by an unethical firm, although it does help bring a higher level of security and accountability to the industry.

The following brands have been added to the RED List:

Algobit, Ltd.
octavetrade.com
Cent Projects, Ltd.
dynamicsfxtrade.com
Alis Capital Inc.
aliscapital.com
CloseOption
closeoption.com
B.O TradeFinancials
Cryptospherefx.com
CryptoBO
cryptobo.com
Bitpay Options
bitpayoptions.com
CryptoSphereFX
Cryptospherefx.com
Bluegate Financial Services
bluegatefinancialservices.com
DestroFX
Destrofx.com
Capital Forex Trade
www.octavetrade.co
Direct Cryptos
directcryptos.com
Capital Trading Hub
Capitaltradinghub.com
Dynamics FX Trade
dynamicsfxtrade.com
Capitalone Trade
Capitaltradinghub.com
Expirex Trade
Empiretrades.com
FXBrew
fxbrew.com
QuickFXTrade
quickfxtrade.com
FX Optimax
fxoptimax.com
Renesource Capital
Renesource.com
FX-Cryptex
fx-cryptex.com
SageFX
sagefx.com
HankoTrade
hankotrade.com
Stockinvestmentfx
stockinvestmentfx.com
IQFXTrade
iqfxtrade.com
Swissglobaltrade.org
swissglobaltrade.org
Menne Market Ltd.
mennemarkets.com
The Traders Domain
thetradersdomain.com
Octave Trade

www.octavetrade.com

Tifu Global Limited
TiFuforex.com
Pocketoption
pocketoption.com
TradingDeskFX
tradingdeskfx.com
Prime Crypto FX
primecryptofx.com
Wolves Trade FX
wolvestradefx.com

 

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