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Gearing up for MiFID 2: our preparations and plea to ESMA

19 September 2017

MifiD 2 – a pan-european piece of financial legislation applies from January 3rd, 2018. 10 years in the making, MifiD 2 builds on its predecessor, “to improve the functioning of financial markets, making them more efficient, resilient and transparent.” Whilst the overall scope of MiFID 2 is way beyond our scope … MiFID 2 & Retail Brokerage […]

The Darwinex take on Bafin’s negative balance protection ruling

5 June 2017

Die Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin, Germany’s financial markets regulator) has recently issued its definitive ruling on CFD regulation. If you wish to read on more on the actual regulation, or an abridged summary on the subject, feel free to consult – the rest of this post outlines our take on it. Will BaFin’s move make German […]

Darwinex’s take on the FCA’s proposed leverage caps & bonus ban

10 February 2017

The FCA recently published a consultation paper proposing changes to the way it currently regulates CFD markets. You can read press release & consultation paper directly from the FCA’s site – but in essence what it proposes is to: Ban the practice of offering deposit bonuses. Limit the amount of leverage that brokers and broker dealers […]

How to tell a forex broker from a market maker

25 August 2015

Following up on How to tell if a broker is regulated, here’s the answer to another classic: is my forex “broker” really a broker, or a dealing desk? NB: if you’re unsure why brokers and dealers (market makers) tick differently, watch this webinar. All we do here is get the regulator to tell you what’s what, in language meant for traders, not lawyers. […]

How to tell if/how a forex broker is regulated

20 August 2015

This is a classic for our customer service, so here’s a little guide to figure out if your broker is regulated, who’s behind it, and what permissions it holds. FYI: this is a guide for European traders – we’ll use Darwinex as an example – but if you’re seeking guidance on US regulation, this won’t be […]

Darwinex slippage – explained

31 July 2015

This post answers the inordinate amount of  complaints and occasional abuse (“you guys are a bucket-shop”) we get for situations when slippage is NOT our fault. In it, we : Cover the text-book definition of slippage, Explain what causes it, Describe situations in which it can get particularly bad. It does NOT cover technical issues which result in sub-optimal fills: in those […]

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