NFA Regulated Brokers


NFA stands for the National Futures Association, one of the agencies that oversee the futures trading industry in the US. Specifically, the scope of NFA supervision includes retail and OTC (Over-the-Counter) futures trading. Everyone who does business with the public on US futures exchanges with more than 4,200 companies and 55,000 partners must comply with the same high standard of business professional ethics.

NFA is an agency that operates under the supervision of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the government agency responsible for regulating the US futures industry. CFTC was formed in 1974 to regulate the futures and options markets. According to the Commodities Exchange Act, the CFTC is tasked with fostering open, transparent, competitive, and good markets, avoiding systemic risks and protecting market participants, clients, and their funds from fraud, manipulation, and other crime.

To become an NFA-regulated forex broker, a company must meet the strict requirements, both financially and in customer service. The initial capital for a brokerage company that wants to be regulated at NFA costs 20 Million USD. It is intended that brokers can anticipate the risks of market volatility and massive withdrawal requests. Retail forex brokers are also forbidden to accept deposits from credit cards.

Here is a list of NFA regulated brokers:

Broker Regulation Max Leverage Min Deposit General Rating
Forex.com
Australia
1999
CFTC/NFA 0339826
FCA (UK) 190864
FSA (Japan) 1539
IIROC May 10 2012
1:200 $250 Review
OANDA
Canada
1995
CFTC/NFA 0325821
FCA (UK) 54257
FSA (Japan) 1571
Kanto Local Finance Bureau (Japan) 2137
1:50 $1 Review
Interactive Brokers
Australia
1977
ASIC 453554
CFTC/NFA 0258600
FCA (UK) 208159
Monetary Authority of Singapore CMS100917
SEC (US) 8-47257
1:100 $10000 Review
IG
Australia
1974
CFTC/NFA 0509630
FCA (UK) 195355
1:50 $1 Review
Ally Invest
United States
2009
CFTC/NFA 0408077 1:50 $1 Review
FX Trading Pro
United States
2018
CFTC/NFA 0509828 1:50 $20 Review
AMP Global
Cyprus
2018
BaFin 154811
CFTC/NFA 0412490
CNMV (Spain) 4624
CONSOB (Italy) 4869
CySEC 360/180
FCA (UK) 819311
1:50 $100 Review
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Trading in NFA Regulated Brokers

NFA is a competent broker regulator, so NFA-regulated brokers have a good reputation in their class. Customer protection provided by NFA includes penalties for illegal activities, the obligation to apply segregated accounts, problem-solving, and transparency.

By accessing the BASIC (Background Affiliation Status Information Center), traders can find out the names of NFA-regulated brokers. Transparency is also demonstrated by the broker's obligation to report weekly transactions on the NFA. Annual audit reports are also required to ensure the company's financial health. Besides, NFA-regulated forex brokers have licensed staff and have undergone special training.

Aside from the many advantages above, NFA regulated brokers also have some disadvantages, especially in terms of trading conditions. The maximum allowable leverage is 1:50, hedging is unallowed, and there are FIFO regulations. Before registering with an NFA regulated broker, the client must fill out a series of questions that include the level of knowledge in the trading world, sources of funds, large income, etc.

US-regulated forex brokers usually implicitly or explicitly advise traders who are not located in the US to register through their entities in other regions, which means their trading accounts will not enter the US regulatory workspace. However, for many traders, even though they cannot register directly with the US-regulated forex brokerage entity, having a registered status at CFTC and NFA is usually considered sufficient as a guarantee that the broker is not a scam broker and runs his activities according to high standards.




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