Forex market is considered as the biggest market in the world, it deals trillions of dollars’ worth of trades every day. Investors are always looking for the best broker to trade forex, precious metals, indices, share CFDs, and other trending assets such as digital currencies. With thousands of brokers out there when you conduct your research, determining whether a broker is legit (or not a scam) can be quite challenging. As an investor (especially for those who trade online), it is vital to research a company before making a commitment and depositing money to trade.
The key and first question you should ask is whether the broker is regulated. As scam brokers do not have to report to a governing body or authority. This means that if they scam you in any way (e.g. causing slippage intentionally, blocking your withdrawal, etc.), there is pretty much nothing you can do about it besides posting a bad review online can be helpful for others to avoid falling into the same pit. To check whether a broker is a scam, the quickest way is to check the footer of broker’s website:
A regulated broker always includes proper risk disclaimers and regulatory information at the bottom of all their website pages. VT Markets is a fully regulated broker, it is a subsidiary of Vantage Group, which has been in the financial service industry for over a decade. VT Markets have entities that are regulated under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).
After confirming the broker is regulated, the next thing you should do is to determine whether the regulatory body is trustworthy. Regulators such as International Financial Services Commission (IFSC), Securities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB) and Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) are certainly not as trustworthy as Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission (CySEC) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Some regulatory body such as St. Vincent & the Grenadines does not monitor or regulate forex companies, thus a lot of scam brokers has St. Vincent & the Grenadine listed as their regulatory body, which means their investors are not protected at all. Here is a list of the regulatory bodies that are mostly recognized by investors:
VT Markets is regulated by ASIC and CIMA – two of the commonly recognized regulatory bodies. Our clients are well-protected.
In conclusion, it is crucial to check your broker’s regulatory information before sending money to them. The regulatory is the only thing to ensure the safety of your capital. Any other information such as awards, company stories, and corporate sponsorship can be considered as an additional endorsement of the brand, but these cannot guarantee the legitimacy of a broker without appropriate regulation.