menu

Homepage > News > Regulatory changes in the Bahamas – from February 26, leverage 1:200

Regulatory changes in the Bahamas – from February 26, leverage 1:200


From February 26, the legal changes adopted in the middle of last year enter into force in the Bahamas. Until then, archipelago-registered brokers must finally withdraw from offering leverage of more than 1:200.

In just a few days, traders from the Bahamas will lose access to the 1:500 leverage. The new regulations require a margin of at least 0.5% on CFD products. Therefore, the leverage available with Caribbean brokers will be limited to 1:200.

In addition to these changes, a requirement is also introduced, according to which brokers will have to ensure that the client’s equity doesn’t drop by more than 50% as a result of one transaction. Furthermore, protection against negative balances will become mandatory. The new regulations, introduced by the Bahamas Securities Commission, also include a complete ban on selling binary options to retail clients. Just like in the European Union, brokers will not be able to attract clients with enticements and bonuses. Negative balance protection will be required and each company will have to appoint a compliance officer.

Brokers remind you of the changes

Some brokers have adapted to the changes earlier, but there are also those who use the old regulations until the last moment. One of the companies that chose the latter option is ActivTrades. In emails they sent to clients, the broker informed that the new regulations will apply to both new and existing positions from 23:00 CET on Sunday, February 28, 2021. If the trader wants to keep an open position, he has to review his trading account to ensure that there will be enough available funds to cover the higher margin requirements.

ActivTrades also reminded that the new SC rules allow the use of leverage of 1:400 for professional clients. Traders wishing to apply for this status have to certain eligibility criteria are met, including capital over USD 0.5 million, work in the financial sector and concluding a minimum of 10 large transactions per quarter.

Author: Izabela Kamionka

Are you a trader?

Help others and rate your broker! Use the search engine or find your broker on the list.



Ad:
exante baner

Last news:

FCA's Executive Director says the number of frauds will continue to increase

FCA warns against remote desktop fraud

UK financial regulator has warned again against desktop sharing scams. As of July 2020, 2,142 ...
Read More
Criminals cheat victims by promising to help them recover their money

Criminals cheat victims by promising to help them recover their money

Australian Scamwatch warns against offers of upfront recovery assistance. These types of scams target people ...
Read More
British court blocks class action against banks

British court blocks class action against banks

The Competition Court of Appeal (CAT) in London blocked a planned forex class action lawsuit ...
Read More
FX trading volume on the Moscow Stock Exchange fell 28.6% in March

FX trading volume on the Moscow Stock Exchange fell 28.6% in March

On Monday, the Moscow Exchange (MOEX), the largest stock exchange group in Russia, published turnover ...
Read More

Add a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Note: Opinions and posts on ForexRev.com represent personal opinions and views of their respective authors and should not be interpreted as recommendations to purchase or sell securities. ForexRev.org assumes no responsibility or liability for such content.
Go to top