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The Best Forex Brokers for 2020
Forex, or FX, trading is a more advanced type of investment that is best suited for experienced traders. If you’re well versed in day trading or options trading, forex may be a challenge worth accepting. Forex trading can be another way of diversifying your portfolio,
Due to the Dodd-Frank act, forex brokers operating in the U.S. must be certified with both the National Futures Association (NFA) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). These regulations restrict the amount of leverage available to traders. All U.S. brokers can offer a maximum leverage of 50:1 for most currency pairs, with some more risky currencies having a maximum of 20:1. Because of this, many forex brokers no longer offer accounts to U.S.-based traders. This review only considers brokers that allow U.S. accounts. If you’re interested in exploring foreign options, our international forex brokers site may be of help. [link]1
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Americans Misunderstand the Bitmex CFTC Probe

First off anyone critisizing leverage isn't a bonafied finance professional who has traded legacy markets. Natural Gas and Crude oil and Gold are all 100x leverage or 50x leverage domestically, legally, on US NFA CFTC regulated exchanges. Crypto is full of noobs who have no professional background training in derivatives. Period. And because of that you don't understand what the CFTC is doing, what Mnuchin is doing, what the CFTC has done in the past to Forex, and what they will do.

We as americans are going to have ALL leverage taken away. SeedCx, Baakt, LedgerX, and ErisX were given derivative license to offer physically backed UNLEVERAGED contracts. The regulators are showing 0 intention to offer regulated exchanges proper leverage. Mnuchin came on TV and basically, if you read between the lines said, we are going to go after overseas exchanges, which for all intents and purposes he should have just said Bitmex. It's not a coincidence.

It puts us a catastrophic disadvantage. And it's my livlihood and countless others. I hate legacy markets. I don't want to trade crude oil because I got pushed out of Bitcoin. This is Wallstreet shutting down competition so they can behave as middle men to keep middle class Americans under control. This is how the security and derivative laws are set up in America, to protect the rich and control the poor.

The US and UK government want to backdoor exchanges AND wallets with chain analysis and smart contracts tied to KYC so that they can control your money and force it onto centralized exchanges where they can arbitrarily sieze it, they want to control it just as if it were Fiat. They don't want you to hold your private keys. They are building a regulatory sandbox that forces you to put large lump sums of capital on centralized exchanges by taking away the ability to put small highly leveraged amounts on anonymous exchanges. Once they do this they have total control over you.

No overseas exchange can legally offer leveraged bitcoin to Americans because of Dodd Frank laws. So mandatory KYC, globally, which is what the Trump administration wants, is an effective ban on US citizens. They took away our ICO, IDO, and IEO, they are geobanning altcoins. Can you not get this through your head, they are intentionally trying to keep you poor. They are not protecting you.
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US/UK/EU BTC Traders need more legal & regulatory advocacy

The legal compliance issues that are cited as the reason for our governments tormenting us and regulating us to death are actually in fact pretty goddamn complicated. A lot of it is about the Patriot act and them basically treating us like criminals and holding bitcoin to a double standard compared to cash.

Soon US citizens are not going to have access to any offshore leverage trading, it's quickly moving towards that with the increasing regulation. And yes there will be those of you who complain about leverage, but realistically, any trader who is a full time professional trader will simply move back to legacy if they lose leverage on btc. I have to focus on my career, I will move back to commodities, forex, and energies in a heart beat if I lose Mex to KYC. That's just the reality of it.
The Dutch are talking about effectively banning foreign firms from offering derivatives and services to dutch citizens. Multiple EU countries are talking similar things, and proposing massive deleveraging to comply with the ESMA laws. The goddamn FCA in the UK wants to outright ban bitcoin derivatives, which is insane.

From a legal standpoint we are just getting pummeled. States in the west are absolutely using double standards legally and punishing bitcoin traders in retail, while allowing complex legal institutional loopholes to remain open that allow hedge funds, banks, institutions, and family offices and ultra high networth individuals to continue to trade bitcoin on leverage and with special perks. If you think that type of double standard classist elitist thing is good for the fundamental nature of bitcoin, then I don't know what rock you've been living under, that's not how bitcoin is suppose to work man.

Kraken, Bitfinex, Binance, and FTX do not offer to US customers. Binance kicked us off, bitrrex delisted half of its coins, Circle left. Who's calling their representative? Who's calling the CFTC? Who's complaining? I have, I have called and faxed. But I seriously feel like we are getting steem rolled with no fight being put up.
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U.S. Regulators Subpoena Bitfinex, Tether

This is a megathread for all news related to US regulators subpoenaing Bitfinex and Tether. All related posts on the frontpage will be removed in favor of this megathread to focus conversation.
As always, please keep the comments civil.
The dates were updated since the news first went out, but the news is still relevant and the implications may still be large. They received a subpoena on 6 December 2017.
"U.S. Regulators Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether" - Bloomberg
"Bitfinex and Tether said to be subpoenaed by CFTC" - ForexLive
"Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex reportedly subpoenaed by top regulator" - Business Insider
"Bitcoin crashes anew as Bitfinex, Tether probed" - Macro Business
"Regulators subpoena Tether and Bitfinex" - Mashable
"Report: CFTC Sends Subpoenas to Bitfinex, Tether" - CoinDesk
"Why Tether's Collapse Would Be Bad for Cryptocurrencies" - WIRED
"Financial regulators subpoena major bitcoin exchange: report" - The Hill
"Bitfinex, Tether Get Subpoenas From US Regulators" - CoinTelegraph
"Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Companies Subpoenaed by U.S. Regulators" - Investopedia
"CFTC Looking Into Bitfinex and Tether As Digital Tokens Face Scrutiny" - NASDAQ
"Tether Reportedly Subpoenaed by CFTC" - ETH News
"U.S. regulator subpoenas cryptocurrency platforms Bitfinex and Tether: source" - Reuters
"How Bitfinex, Tether are raising eyebrows in the cryptocurrency market" - MarketWatch
"US regulators are investigating a major cryptocurrency exchange, raising suspicions of fraud" - The Verge
"Bitcoin subpoena news smells like insider trading" - SlashGear
"Bitcoin Price Drops Below $10,000 As Bitfinex, Tether Get Subpoenaed" - IB Times
"Bitfinex and Tether Receive U.S. Subpoenas (How is a USDT made?)" - BTCManager
"Bitcoin bleeds over news of US government subpoena" - The Next Web
"U.S. Regulators Send Tether and Bitfinex Subpoenas" - Bitcoin.com
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Inverse and cross relationships between pairs

Hi all,
I was just wondering something. I trade 3 pairs, GBPJYP, GBPUSD and USDJYP. My thoughts are as follows; if GBPUSD price increases = GBP bull = USD bear? GBP bull = USD bear = USDJPY prices drop?
So does a GBPUSD price increase result in a USDJPY price decrease?
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Have You Been Able to Get A Hold of a Crypto Policy Maker/Lobbyist/Legislator?

I thought about linking or sharing a legalish letter I wrote the CFTC in the hopes to gain some exposure and eyes on the issue, but it would go over the heads of a lot here and wouldn't get to the point.
I don't know how else to make this clear, anyone who is a trader in crypto who is american who relies on leverage and complex trading and hedging and management of their portfolios, we are as American Investors, and American US Citizen completely under threat regulatoryily from our own SEC and CFTC and a hostile Trump administration.

They are fully aiming to shut us out of foreign exchanges. They are actually taking a more harsh stance than they did with retail forex. They are basically going to break the industry at this point. A industry without derivatives is not sustainable, it's going to wreck the domestic market and push US citizens into other asset classes.

They have no plans of offering us a fair market or letting a domestic exchange provide proper leverage. Their motives for shutting down binance and all the other exchanges to US citizen are ulterior, bad faith, anti competitive, and absolutely draconian. Don't tell me, and don't let them tell you that it is to protect American investors. that is profound bullshit.

Every single asset class has derivatives. Everything that isn't a security can and is highly leveraged in order to manage portfolios. And Securities have Options. Modern finance cannot work without this. The US governments refusal to allow domestic American derivatives is unacceptable. Their neglect to this market and hyper regulation and lack of clarity is unacceptable. If you know ANY pro crypto policy maker and legislator, and lobbyist please reach out to them about the regulatory overreach and please list their name in this thread. You guys need to take this serious.

Stop running on and on about the meme leverage of Bitmex. This isn't about that. Study other finance and asset classes. This is about Bitcoin and Crypto having a fair normal comparative market infrastructure to all the other commodities and futures in the United States. And we should be allowed to use foreign brokers. This ECP shit has to end. IF you can get a foreign stock account, a foreign commodity account in Europe with KYC, it should be that way with crypto. this is unfair bullshit and unfair discrimination of Crypto just like retail forex, under the same rules. The US government is unduly applying Forex regulatory law to Bitcoin. That's why we get banned from every foreign exchange, thats why we aren't allowed. Because of Dodd Frank Act.
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The Importance Of Choosing The Right Forex Broker And How to Do It

The Importance Of Choosing The Right Forex Broker And How to Do It
One of the most common ways of getting started with Forex trading is through a Forex broker. When you are a beginner Forex trader you are most likely to opt for the same alternative, but the mistake that most rookie traders make is choosing the wrong broker. If your first step does not go right then you can merely depend on luck and in a competitive field like the Forex market, being lucky is very rare. The best alternative is to have the right information and also use it well.
If you are thinking that how a Forex broker can be so important, here it is. The broker you choose will be the one that will be keeping your invested money in the account. Apart from this, a good broker will also be providing you their expertise about the changes happening in the market. This expertise comes with a fee but it is a small amount to pay for the information that can help you not just earn profits but also convert a loss into no loss.

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Choosing The Perfect Broker
A good broker will be transparent regarding his fees, commissions, etc. but mostly it is not the case. If you have not done your research on a broker, well you might have to face some unwelcome surprises. So you do not have to face all these unpleasantness, here is a guide to choose the right broker.

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1. Figure Yourself Out As An Investor

Different brokers offer different kinds of services and you will have to figure which kind of service will suit you the most. Whether you are going to invest big or small, how often you would like to invest, these are the things that can help make a final choice but that is not it. Choosing the right broker takes a lot more than this.

2. Figuring Your Affordability

The brokerage companies charge you a transaction fee. If you are a beginner and invested a small amount just to try your luck or to gain initial experience. Turns out you earned the profit, but what if the brokerage fee is 2 times more than what you earned. This will be the kind of shock that will leave you feeling humiliated for not choosing wisely. As a beginner choose the broker with less fee but also make sure if the account being provided is secure. The next point is about all that.

3. Always Choose A Regulated Broker Firm

A regulated is important to choose because that will automatically take care of the various security issues. If you are choosing a broker in the United States of America, he will be regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA). Similar organizations are present in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, and Switzerland. The presence of regulating organizations does not mean that all the brokers are regulated so pick wisely. If you want to be sure if your broker is actually registered under the NFA, you can visit the website of NFA and cross-check to be sure and safe.

4. Be Thoroughly Informed About The Terms And Conditions Of The Brokerage Firm

The rules and regulations of a brokerage firm can be tricky to understand at times. If you do not take your time to understand these terms well and choose the broker just like that, there will be times when you will want to change the past but will not be able to. For example, some brokerage firms do not allow you to withdraw your investment or trade it instantly. In situations like these, you will be at a major loss. Although such terms also come with benefits, but that depends on the kind of investor you are.
With some brokers, the rules are as such that closing your account will be a tedious task. The broker does not want to lose you as a client and he/she can try various things for this. So, if you are willing to withdraw back you might have to waste a week's time or more with unnecessary things like filling lengthy forms, speak to the company's representative, take surveys, etc.

5. Find Out If You Will Get 24/6 coverage

24/6 means that you can consult your firm's customer service anytime between Sunday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Before you finally invest, put your broker through a small test. Give a call and see how quick and relevant are the responses from the broker's end.
Apart from choosing the right broker, you will also need to have a mentor to learn more about currency analysis and other factors responsible for Forex trading. You can always look up for a trading course online but if you want the best then Ha is your answer. to know more about his Forex trading course click here.
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"No ETF, Tether manipulation!!" - Here is a list of Banks and other financial institutions that have manipulated Forex and USD time and again...

  1. Citibank fined $100 million for interest rate manipulation
https://money.cnn.com/2018/06/15/news/companies/citibank-liboindex.html
  1. JPMorgan to Pay $65 Million Fine for Dollar Benchmark Manipulation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/jpmorgan-to-pay-65-million-fine-for-dollar-benchmark-manipulation-1529347643
  1. Rabo Bank manipulating USD and Libor rates
https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/washingtondc/news/press-releases/two-former-rabobank-traders-indicted-for-alleged-manipulation-of-u.s.-dollar-yen-libor-interest-rates
  1. Deutsche Bank to Pay $220 Million to U.S. States Over Libor
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-25/deutsche-bank-to-pay-220-million-over-u-s-states-libor-probes
  1. Societe Generale fined with 1.34 billion dollars in lawsuits on rate manipulation
https://financeandmarkets.com/societe-generale-fined-billion-dollars-lawsuits-rate-manipulation/
  1. Royal Bank of Scotland manipulating forex swap rates
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-royal-bank-scot-cftc-penalty-idUSKBN15I261
  1. Oh wait, Citi Bank at it again.
https://www.ai-cio.com/news/citi-fined-425m-over-benchmark-manipulation/
These institutions which have indulged in manipulation are most often given a slap on the wrist warnings or a petty fine. Whereas Bitcoin ETF is denied time and again citing the potential for manipulation.
Any financial instrument that is traded can and will be manipulated, its just the nature of humans and greed. To call Bitcoin manipulated because of Tether is without logic, when historically every major financial institution has a long history of manipulating markets for their own benefit and every currency has been manipulated by the establishments that have a stake in it.
Eventually a global currency like Bitcoin does not need an ETF at all, however the excuses regulators and the banks that support them come up with are flimsy. They need to be called out for their double standards.
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Nadex or Other Brokers?

Hey guys,
So I am totally new to reddit (at least for the posting side and not just for reading) so if I am violating anything in anyway please just let me know, but I have been learning to trade Forex specifically Forex binaries with nadex for about a 1 year and I have seen dramatic improvements in my trading I have been interested in investing all my life and still pretty young just looking for some direction. The reason I went with nadex was because I don't have to worry about taking my account negative off of a single trade, like other brokers because of leverage ( I assume?). I just have some questions for people that maybe are making some consistent profits off nadex?? I have been testing the Ichimoku cloud system on 15 minute charts focusing on 2 hour expiration's. The reason I went with nadex was I see that they are supposed to be CFTC regulated, but some people are still saying its gambling but then they say they still trade Forex, so just wondering especially for a US trader if there using forex.com?? I am not trying be offend anyone I am just confused and would like some clarification.... I am also starting to wonder if people that do trade Forex are generally using brokers like ninja trader or forex.com? I dont mind if i trade things other than binaries and get into regular Forex but I just don't like the idea of leverage trading, so are there some brokers that could be recommended?
Thanks!
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Do you know some financial regulators in the world?

The strictest financial regulators are from UK,US,HK and AUS.
FCA - full name of Financial Conduct Authority. UK currently has the most complete and sound financial service, and FCA strictly regulates all financial institutions registered in UK.
NFA - full name of National Futures Association. The main function of NFA is to supervise their members to strictly abide by federal laws and the CFTC rules through rigid management. In addition, NFA also has its own rules to supervise the practices of Forex brokers, thus traders and investors can be protected from deceiving.
SFC - full name of Securities and Futures Commission of Hongkong. SFC is a statutory body independent of the civil service structure of the Government. It is responsible for regulate the securities and futures market in HongKong. Through effective supervision and guidance, SFC has promoted the HongKong securities and futures market in a fair, efficient and orderly manner.
ASIC - full name of Australian Securities and Investment Commission. ASIC is an independent government department that exercises regulatory functions for companies, investment behavior, financial products and services independently. It is the regulator of the Australian banking, securities and Forex retail industries.
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Where to register the company for your Forex Brokerage?

Where to register the company for your Forex Brokerage?


Thinking about starting your own Forex Brokerage? The first logical question is "Where is the best location to incorporate and license your broker?".
However before we proceed on to answer this question, there are other related questions a person who has a serious interest in opening his FX Brokerage needs to answers.
Q1) Which regions are your going to concentrate on for retail clients?
Q2)When do you plan on launching your company & product?
Q3)How much money do you plan on establishing your brokerage?
Q4)Which business model are you going to have ? (STP,Market Maker,DD,Mixed)
Q5)Which bank will open you a corporate bank account?(depends on license & country of incorporation)
Q6)How're you going to collect the payments from your clients?
For the purposes of answering the question, we will divide certain geos(regions) in Tiers based on the level of reporting, capital requirement & tight regulated environment each jurisdiction has.
1) Tier 1 :
To safeguard investors from fraudulent and ponzi schemes, many countries have established private or state owned organizations to monitor and regulate the Forex Market and are actively supported by the governments. Example of countries in this Tier are JAPAN(FSA JAPAN) & USA(NFA & CFTC).
There are profound reporting requirements, broker required to provide high quality in services and prove the availability of $20 Million USD of free liquid capital not including clients money. There is also a compulsion to have local offices and a significant membership fee as well.
2) Tier 2:
Regulations like FCA UK & ASIC Australia fall under this category. These jurisdictions require lower initial capital and are committed to reporting. Obtaining a license from these authorities may take anything between 6 months to a year depending on how fast the required documents are submitted.
Applying for a license from these regulatory authorities typically requires one to have a minimum of $100,000 USD of non client funds. The cost for this is approximately $35,000 to $50,000(depending on what license you take) for example if you plan to have a Dealing Desk which doesn't forward the liquidity flow to a third party then you need to show a high availability of disposable liquid funds available approximately $1 Million USD where as for STP(Straight Through Processing) models where you forward all the liquidity flow it's about $100,000 USD.
3)Tier 3:
Offshore with certain level of protection for investors like Cyprus(CySEC),, Malta(MSA), New Zealand (FSP) are the Tier 3 jurisdictions.
These regulators require the availability of a local office, simpler reporting & very low taxes. Specially Cyprus which offers good access to EU and is also ESMA compliant. The cost for CySEC range from 125,000 Euro to 750,000 Euro depending which model you're going for STP or Dealing Desk and the process time remains on par with the Tier 2 regulators.
4)Tier 4:
BVI, Marshall Islands, Belize & Seychelles are the Tier 4 jurisdiction and have a official regulation and license the broker needs to obtain if providing FX Instruments. Obtaining a license and getting a license usually takes 3-4 months and cost around $20,000 to $30,000 USD with a $500,000 USD in capital requirement(Belize). Also with these licenses it's easier to open and maintain a bank account.
5)Tier 5:
There are certain offshore jurisdictions Like St. Vincent & Grenadines or Bermuda where there getting a Forex license is not compulsory. Setting up a company needs only a little capital and the money saved can then be used on operations or marketing.
It's a bit difficult to obtain an account in a credible bank for Tier 5. Most startups go around this issue by listing their company for more than one service for example Consultancy, Marketing,FX, Travel etc or through EMIs which can provide an online IBAN. (B2B accounts mostly).
Many big brokers around the world start with small licenses and obtain their bigger licenses much later such examples include big names like Alpari, Admiral, Primus etc.
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De rol van in Nederland werkzame vermogensbeheerders en beleggingsinstellingen bij grote financiële schandalen en het feit dat Nederlandse pensioenfondsen geheime overeenkomsten sluiten met hen waarin zeer waarschijnlijk de beheerder feitelijk nooit aansprakelijk gesteld kan worden voor schade

Vragen van het lid Omtzigt (CDA) aan de minister van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid over de rol van in Nederland werkzame vermogensbeheerders en beleggingsinstellingen bij grote financiële schandalen en het feit dat Nederlandse pensioenfondsen geheime overeenkomsten sluiten met hen waarin zeer waarschijnlijk de beheerder feitelijk nooit aansprakelijk gesteld kan worden voor schade. (ingezonden 13 februari 2019)   1 Hoeveel geld hebben Nederlandse pensioenfondsen en klopt het dat het grootste deel van deze gelden wordt beheerd door vermogensbeheerders, die aangesloten zijn bij Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS)?   2 Herinnert u zich dat het aangenomen amendement-Omtzigt (Kamerstuk 35015, nr. 10) heel duidelijk stelt welke werkzaamheden een pensioenfonds niet mag uitbesteden, namelijk: "a. taken en werkzaamheden van personen die het dagelijks beleid bepalen, daaronder mede verstaan het vaststellen van beleid en het afleggen van verantwoording over het gevoerde beleid; b. het opstellen van en toezien op het strategisch beleid ten aanzien van vermogensbeheer; c. werkzaamheden waarvan uitbesteding de verantwoordelijkheid van de uitvoerder voor de organisatie en beheersing van bedrijfsprocessen en het toezicht daarop kan ondermijnen; d. indien de uitbesteding een belemmering kan vormen voor een adequaat toezicht op de naleving van het bij of krachtens de Pensioenwet bepaalde"?   3 Herinnert u zich dat belangenvereniging van in Nederland werkzame vermogensbeheerders en beleggingsinstellingen DUFAS bepaald ongelukkig was met de toelichting op het amendement?   4 Herinnert u zich dat u antwoordde dat u niet op de hoogte bent dat de leden van DUFAS zich onder andere schuldig gemaakt hebben aan Libor fraude, Forex manipulatie, Euribor fraude, fraude met edelmetalen, fraude met Swaps (ISDA fix) en meer, en dat pensioenfondsen hierdoor schade geleden hebben en dat u vertelde dat deze informatie doorgaans niet openbaar is? 1)   5 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS leden Citi, JP Morgan en UBS onder de banken waren die schuldig waren aan LIBOR fraude, dat toegegeven hebben en daar miljarden boetes voor betaald hebben in de Verenigde Staten (VS)? 2)   6 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS leden Citi, JP Morgan, UBS en BNP Paribas samen meer dan 5 miljard dollar boete betaald hebben in de VS, het Verenigd Koninkrijk (VK) en Zwitserland voor hun rol in de manipulatie van de wisselkoersen? 3)   7 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS lid JP Morgan één van de banken is die een boete kreeg in de Euribor fraude zaak (waaraan ook de Nederlandse Rabobank zich schuldig heeft gemaakt)?   8 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS lid State Street honderden miljoenen boete betaalde aan Amerikaanse toezichthouders en aan een settlement met Amerikaanse klanten vanwege fraude met wisselkoersen? 4)   9 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS lid State Street pensioenfondsen stiekem extra verborgen kosten in rekening bracht en dat zij daarvoor een aantal niet-Nederlandse pensioenfondsen compenseerde? Bent u bekend met het feit dat een aantal mensen hiervoor lange gevangenisstraffen heeft gekregen? 5)   10 Bent u bekend met het feit dat DUFAS lid KPMG onder andere een schikking van het openbaar ministerie (OM) geaccepteerd heeft voor fraude en voor valsheid in geschrifte? 6)   11 Bent u op de hoogte van het feit dat een aantal bestuurders van DUFAS lid KPMG in de Verenigde Staten (VS) vervolgd worden voor het lekken van vertrouwelijke informatie over ophanden zijnde audits? 7)   12 Bent u op de hoogte van het feit dat het DUFAS lid UBS een schikking betaald heeft voor het manipuleren van de markten van edelmetalen en dat een trader van JP Morgan heeft toegegeven schuldig te zijn aan het manipuleren van de markt van edelmetalen? 8)   13 Bent u op dat hoogte dat DUFAS leden BNP Paribas, Citi, JP Morgan hoge boetes en/of afkoopsommen hebben betaald in de schandaal rondom fraude met swaps (Isdafix)? 9)   14 Klopt het dat pensioenfondsen in onder andere de VS schadevergoeding hebben   gekregen voor de schade die zij geleden hebben als gevolg van de manipulatie van de derivatenmarkt?   15 Klopt het dat de Nederlandse pensioenfondsen enorme derivatenposities innemen en dat zij bij marktmanipulatie dus zeer waarschijnlijk schade lijden?   16 Wilt u opnieuw de vraag beantwoorden of u op de hoogte bent dat de leden van DUFAS zich onder andere schuldig hebben gemaakt aan Libor fraude, Forex manipulatie, Euribor fraude, fraude met edelmetalen, fraude met Swaps (ISDA fix) en meer, en dat pensioenfondsen hierdoor schade hebben geleden?   17 Weet u of de vereniging DUFAS ooit enige maatregel heeft genomen tegen een lid vanwege bijvoorbeeld fraude of valsheid in geschrifte? Zo ja, kunt u dan een voorbeeld geven?   18 Is het u opgevallen dat de in de ijlings verwijderde modelovereenkomst van DUFAS was opgenomen dat "- De Fiduciair Beheerder is niet aansprakelijk voor schade, tenzij die het gevolg is van opzet of [grove] schuld van hemzelf [of van enige persoon voor wie hij krachtens de wet aansprakelijk is]. [De aansprakelijkheid voor zulke schade is beperkt tot aansprakelijkheid voor [directe] schade als gevolg van het bedoelde opzet of de [grove] schuld en omvat niet ook indirecte schade, waaronder begrepen maar niet beperkt tot gevolgschade, gederfde winsten en gemiste besparingen.] 
(artikel 23.1) - [De hoogte van de aansprakelijkheid van de Fiduciair Beheerder is beperkt tot een bedrag gelijk aan [â—?] maanden vergoeding als bedoeld in artikel 11.1.] (artikel 23.2) - Voorwaarde voor het ontstaan van enig recht op schadevergoeding is steeds dat de Cliënt de Fiduciair Beheerder schriftelijk in gebreke stelt en daarbij een redelijke termijn ter zuivering van de tekortkoming stelt, terwijl de Fiduciair Beheerder ook na die termijn toerekenbaar in de nakoming van zijn verplichtingen tekort blijft schieten. De ingebrekestelling dient een zo gedetailleerd mogelijke omschrijving van de tekortkoming te bevatten, zodat de Fiduciair Beheerder in staat is adequaat te reageren. (artikel 23.3)"?   19 Deelt u de mening dat contracten die artikel 23.1, 23.2 en 23.3 bevatten, het bijna onmogelijk maken om een fiduciair beheerder aansprakelijk te stellen, omdat gederfde winsten en gemiste besparingen zijn uitgezonderd, de aansprakelijk gelimiteerd is tot een paar maanden vergoeding van de kosten betaald aan de beheerder en de fiduciair beheerder eerst in gebreke moet zijn gesteld en de mogelijkheid gehad moet hebben om zijn fout te herstellen?   20 Herinnert u zich dat u aan de Kamer schreef dat het pensioenfondsbestuur te allen tijde verantwoordelijk is voor het beleggingsbeleid en toezicht daarop? 10)   21 Is het pensioenfondsbestuur bestuursaansprakelijk, indien er sprake is van verlies door opzet of grove schuld bij de beheerder, maar die beheerder niet aansprakelijk gesteld kan worden omdat die via het contract gevrijwaard is van die aansprakelijkheid of in ieder geval het bedrag waarvoor die aansprakelijk gehouden kan worden, geminimaliseerd heeft? Kunt u het antwoord toelichten?   22 Bent u bereid om in overleg met de pensioenfederatie of de toezichthouder na te gaan of pensioenfondsen ooit een beheerder aansprakelijk hebben gesteld? Zo ja, kunt u dat voorbeeld dan vertrouwelijk delen met de Kamer?   23 Welke contacten heeft u (of uw ministerie) sinds 15 november 2018 met DUFAS gehad? Kunt u de e-mailberichten en gespreksverslagen van die contacten aan de Kamer doen toekomen?   24 Kent u de contracten tussen beheerders en pensioenfondsen? Op welke informatie baseert u de zin: “De overeenkomsten die in de praktijk gesloten worden, zijn doorgaans niet gebaseerd op de modelovereenkomst, maar op deze herziene principes”? 11) 25 Kent u enig pensioenfonds waar de deelnemer inzagerecht heeft in de beheersoverkomst?   26 Kent u enig pensioenfonds waar het verantwoordingsorgaan inzagerecht heeft in de beheersovereenkomst?   27 Kan een verantwoordingsorgaan decharge verlenen als zij geen inzage heeft in de beheersovereenkomst?   28 Acht u het wenselijk dat een verantwoordingsorgaan inzagerecht heeft in de beheersovereenkomst?   29 Wie gaan controleren of beheerders geen derivaten van zichzelf aan pensioenfondsen verkopen die niet vrijelijk verhandeld worden op een open markt?   30 Wat is uw oordeel over het feit dat een aantal Nederland werkzame vermogensbeheerders en beleggingsinstellingen ongeveer meegedaan heeft aan elke vorm van marktmisbruik en er nog steeds alles aan doet om geheime overeenkomsten te sluiten met pensioenfondsen, die deze beheerders bijna volledig vrijwaren van aansprakelijkheid?   31 Kunt u deze vragen één voor één, volledig en binnen drie weken beantwoorden? 1) Aanhangsel bij de handelingen 1247, 2018/2019, antwoord 8 2) https://www.cfr.org/backgroundeunderstanding-libor-scandal 3) zie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forex_scandal en https://www.ft.com/content/76dda416-02af-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5 4) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-state-str-settlement/state-street-to- pay-530-million-to-resolve-forex-fraud-claims-idUSKCN10706B 5) https://www.ipe.com/news/regulation/ex-state-street-transitions-chief- convicted-of-fraud/www.ipe.com/news/regulation/ex-state-street-transitions- chief-convicted-of-fraud/10025449.fullarticle 6) https://nos.nl/artikel/2183845-pijnlijke-boete-van-8-miljoen-euro-voor- kpmg-wegens-fraude.html 7) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kpmg-fraud-plea/former-kpmg-executive- director-pleads-guilty-to-audit-fraud-scheme-idUSKCN1MQ2OZ 8) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cftc-arrests/u-s-authorities-due- to-make-arrests-in-futures-spoofing-probe-sources-idUSKBN1FI19J en https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/06/ex-jp-morgan-trader-pleads-guilty-to- manipulating-metals-markets.html 9) https://www.businessinsider.com/citi-fined-cftc-libor-isdafix-rate- fixing-evidence-chat-logs-transcripts-2016-5?international=true&r=US&IR=T, https://www.reuters.com/article/jpmorgan-cftc/jpmorgan-to-pay-65-mln-to- settle-charges-of-attempted-isdafix-manipulation-idUSEMN306QQ7, en https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cftc-bnp-paribas/u-s-cftc-orders-bnp- paribas-to-pay-90-million-penalty-for-rate-rigging-idUSKCN1LE2AS 10) Aanhangsel bij de handelingen 1247, 2018/2019, antwoord 4 11) Aanhangsel bij de handelingen 1247, 2018/2019, antwoord 3
  Datum: 13 februari 2019    Nr: 2019Z02795    Indiener: Pieter Omtzigt, Kamerlid CDA
Bron:    tweedekamer.nl
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CFTC Continues to Crack Down on Illegally Operating Binary Options Companies

In a global atmosphere which is increasingly strict when it comes to binary options regulations, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) remains ever-vigilant. In recent news, the regulator went after 8 companies and individuals who were offering their services in binary options and FX without CFTC regulation to US consumers.
According to the official press release, charges were filed against:
The CFTC reports that this type of unregistered activity is on the rise.
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Rumor: Nadex is Opening Futures+Options for LTC.X & Ripple

Nadex Exchange already has Bitcoin Options you can trade, but they are adding option and monthly mini's contracts for BTC.X & option contracts for LTC.X & XRP.X. Nadex currently called up their MM's to structure Minis/Monthlies/Options and TeraBit approved the request. I assume they will release Fall'19 or sooner?
Nadex is a US Exchange regulated the same way as the NYSE and CME for Forex, Tech, and more markets which means they could only pull options/futures to trade these on a CFTC regulated exchange but honestly, limited risk on crypto is pretty much legit, imo.
https://www.nadex.com/markets/cryptocurrency/bitcoin
UPDATE: Looks like $BTC.X Minis Monthlies are Coming Out in June.
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New Beginner info / FAQ section for futures

I feel like with all the cheating and drama going on with spot fx we should at the very least have a dedicated section on the right for guidance on futures contracts.
The shady Cypriot brokers and ones on other random islands are lying and selling a dream so let's take a look at the reality of spot fx...
Currency markets are the most liquid and active markets of any sector. However, there is also a great deal of misinformation, slick advertising, and even outright deception regarding this $2 Trillion Dollar a Day marketplace. For starters, a large percentage of that $2 Trillion is traded through what is referred to as the interbank market. The interbank market is the top-level foreign exchange market where banks exchange different currencies. This trading between banks is not accessible to retail traders and is estimated to account for the vast majority of the Trillion Dollar liquidity factor that attracts so many retail traders in the first place.
Here are a few of the reasons to trade futures:
-Level playing field for all participants
-Deep liquidity on major currency contracts
-Safety and security of central clearing
If your Forex brokerage firm uses a dealing desk, your buy and sell orders never actually reach the true Forex market. In other words, you do not have access to the inter-bank market. Instead you are buying and selling at prices set, and potentially manipulated by the dealing desk. This is known as conflict of interest.
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange guarantees each transaction. Futures contracts are legally binding! This means that if you go long a currency futures contract and your speculation was correct, you will walk away from the trade with your profit even if the person that took the other side of the trade fails to pay. This is what we call counterparty risk.
Take a moment, have a break and take a look at all the horror stories on forex factory, for instance.
Whether you are a large institution or an individual trader, everyone is on equal footing when it comes to pricing currency futures. EVERYBODY gets the same price regardless of who you are (individual or mega bank). Best price wins, it is as simple as that — something that is not always the case in the fragmented OTC FX market. The spreads are also very tight if you trade liquid future contracts.
Spot fx brokers also control their price feeds. They can widen the spreads as they see fit and they can really screw you over if they want to. Believe me when I say that most fx brokers don't want you to win! Even the ones that claim to have liquidity providers... Those are nothing but price feeds. Quotes. Nothing more....
And Forex firms offering a "fixed" 3-5 point spread may not be charging traders commission outright, or even in a form that shows up on an account statement, but there are significant costs built into the synthetic market that they provide to you.
No middle man, no market maker. Yes, Forex is an electronic market, but your order still ends up on a "dealing desk" where a human handles your order. Or an algorithm... Basically, a Market Maker. He could make you or break you. With E-mini Futures you have a level playing field. You trade on a centralised and CFTC regulated exchange. Whether you're Goldman Sachs or Joe from Idaho, you get equal treatment!
If you're worried about Liquidity - 1.5-3m contracts trade hands everyday on the S&P 500 E-mini Futures Contract. If you want in or out of a position, there is almost always someone waiting and willing to take the other side of your trade (24/5) just 1 tick away. This simply isn't true for all Forex Pairs.
Low Cost of Doing Business - Commissions on a self directed SP500 E-mini Trade (ES) should be no more than $3.00 per side or $6.00 per round turn. While many Forex Brokers tout "Zero Commission", we all know there's no free lunch. Forex Brokers don't need to charge a commission because they make money off of the bid/ask spread "they create" and then take the other side of your trade. Run the numbers... for every $100 in profits or loss, you will spend a larger % in "cost of doing business" in the Forex Market than you will in the S&P E-mini Market. Don't take my word for it... go take some real trades and you'll quickly see the truth.
Zero Interest - If you you trade the ES intraday, expect to put up $500 per contract as a "bond" for lack of a better term. That's it. No hidden cost. Forex however, has a "cost of carry" associated which means interest may be charged or paid on positions taken.
Fiduciary Responsibility - Even regulated US Forex firms are not required to segregate customer funds. If a regulated firm goes under, you do not have the protection of the CFTC and the NFA as you do in the Futures Markets.
Turn ON The Volume Please - In Forex, since there is no centralised exchange, it is impossible to get a true read on volume. Not so with the S&P 500 "ES" E-mini. Simply turn on the volume indicator and you have exact numbers for Volume Analysis. GS and CITI have huge research departments with hundreds of employees, but they know nothing about volume that you don't know via a free indicator on your direct access trading platform. Just one more example of the level playing field we constantly speak of.
Centralised Clearing - All trades are cleared via the CME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange. All trades, including time and sales, are public information and posted in real time.
Edit: By the way, if you're worried about discrepancies, currency futures charts look almost exactly the same as their spot fx siblings! So you can easily apply your current strategy to this market, too!
A great example would be "M6E" vs "EUUSD"
SO GUYS, LET'S ACCEPT REALITY AND LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. DO YOU AGREE?
Source: cfrn.net
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[uncensored-r/CryptoCurrency] U.S. Regulators Subpoena Bitfinex, Tether

The following post by SamsungGalaxyPlayer is being replicated because some comments within the post(but not the post itself) have been openly removed.
The original post can be found(in censored form) at this link:
np.reddit.com/ CryptoCurrency/comments/7u36yw
The original post's content was as follows:
This is a megathread for all news related to US regulators subpoenaing Bitfinex and Tether. All relalated posts on the frontpage will be removed in favor of this megathread to focus conversation.
As always, please keep the comments civil.
"U.S. Regulators Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether" - Bloomberg
"Bitfinex and Tether said to be subpoenaed by CFTC" - ForexLive
"Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex reportedly subpoenaed by top regulator" - Business Insider
"Bitcoin crashes anew as Bitfinex, Tether probed" - Macro Business
"BREAKING — Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, was just subpoenaed by the CFTC" - Mashable Tech
"Report: CFTC Sends Subpoenas to Bitfinex, Tether" - CoinDesk
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The XTRD Megathread

What is XTRD?

XTRD is a technology company that are introducing a new infrastructure that would allow banks, hedge funds, and large institutional traders to easily access cryptocurrency markets.
XTRD is launching three separate products in sequential stages to solve the ongoing problems caused by having so many disparate markets. Firstly a unified FIX API followed by XTRD Dark Pools and finally the XTRD Single Point of Access or SPA.
Our goal is to build trading infrastructure in the cyptospace and become one of the first full service shops in the cryptocurrency markets for large traders and funds.

What are the industry issues?

COMPLEX WEB OF EXCHANGES. A combination of differing KYC policies, means of funding, interfaces and APIs results in a fragmented patchwork of liquidity for cryptocurrencies. Trading in an automated fashion with full awareness of best pricing and current liquidity necessitates the opening and use of accounts on multiple exchanges, coding to multiple API’s, following varying funding and withdrawal procedures. Once those hurdles are cleared, market participants must convert fiat currency to BTC or ETH and then forward the ETH on to an exchange that may not accept fiat, necessitating yet another transaction to convert back to fiat. Major concerns for market participants range from unmitigated slippage and counterparty risk to hacking prevention and liquidity.
HIGH FEES. Execution costs are even more of a factor. Typical exchange commissions are in the 0.1% – 0.25% range per transaction (10 to 25 basis points), but the effective fees are much higher when taking into bid and ask spreads maintained by the exchanges. As most exchanges are unregulated, there is generally no central authority or regulator to examine internal exchange orders that separate proprietary activity from customer activity and ensure fair pricing.
THIN LIQUIDITY. A large institutional order, representing a sizable percentage of daily volume can move the market for a product, and related products in an exchange by a factor of 5-10%. That means a single order to buy $1,000,000 worth of bitcoin can cost an extra $50,000-$100,000 per transaction given a lack of liquidity if not managed correctly and executed on only one exchange. By way of comparison, similar trades on FX exchanges barely move markets a fraction of a percent; those price changes cost traders money, and deter investment.

What are the XTRD solutions?

FIX API
An API is an “Application Programming Interface”, a set of rules that computer programs use to communicate. FIX stands for “Financial Information eXchange”, the API standard used by most financial organizations as the intermediary protocol to communicate amongst disparate systems such as market data, execution, trade reporting, and order entry for the past 25 years.XTRD is fixing the problem of having 100 different APIs for 100 exchanges by creating a single FIX based API for market data and execution – the same FIX API that all current financial institutions utilize.XTRD will leverage our data center presences in DC3 Chicago and NY4 New Jersey to host FIX trading clients and reduce their trading latencies to single milliseconds, a time acceleration of 100x when it comes to execution vs internet. More infrastructure and private worldwide internet lines will be added in 2018 and beyond to enable secure, low latency execution for all XTRD clients, FIX and PRO.
XTRD PRO
XTRD PRO is a professional trading platform that will fix the basic problems with trading across crypto exchanges – the need to open multiple web pages, having to click around multiple windows, only being able to use basic order types, and not seeing all your positions, trades, and market data in one place.XTRD PRO will be standalone, downloadable, robust end-to-end encrypted software that will consolidate all market data from exchanges visually into one order book, provide a consolidated position and order view across all your exchange accounts, and enable client side orders not available on exchanges – keyboard macro shortcuts, VWAP/TWAP, shaving the bid and offer, hit through 1% of the inside, reserve orders that bid 100 but show 1, SMART order routing to best exchange and intelligent order splicing across exchanges based on execution costs net of fees, OCO and OTO, many others.
XTRD SPA
XTRD SPA is the solution to bridge cross-exchange liquidity issues. XTRD is creating Joint Venture partnerships with trusted cryptocurrency exchanges to provide clients on those exchanges execution across other exchanges where they do not have accounts by leveraging XTRD’s liquidity pools.An order placed by a client at CEX.IO, XTRD’s first JV partner, can be executed by XTRD at a different exchange where there may be a better price or higher liquidity for a digital asset. Subsequently, XTRD will deliver the position to CEX.IO and then CEX.IO will deliver the execution to the client, with XTRD acting as just another market participant at the CEX.IO exchange.XTRD does not take custody of funds, we are a technology partner with exchanges. All local exchange rules, procedures, and AML/KYC policies apply.
XTRD DARK
Institutions and large market participants who have large orders of 100 BTC or more generally must execute across multiple markets, increasing their counterparty risk, paying enormous commissions and spreads, and generally having to deal with the vagaries of the crypto space. Alternatives are OTC brokers that charge multiple percents or private peer-to-peer swaps which are difficult to effectuate unless one is deeply in the space.XTRD is launching XTRD DARK – a dark liquidity pool to trade crypto vs fiat that matches buyers and sellers of large orders, discreetly and anonymously, at a much lower cost. Liquidity is not displayed so large orders do not move thin markets as they would publicly. The liquidity will come from direct XTRD DARK participants as well as aggregation of retail order flow into block orders, XTRD’s own liquidity pools, connections with decentralized exchanges to effectuate liquidity swaps, and OTC broker order flow.XTRD is partnering with a fiat banking providebroker dealer to onboard all XTRD DARK participants for the fiat currency custody side with full KYC/AML procedures.

XTRD Tokenomics

Who is XTRD intended for?

XTRD is mainly aimed at major institutions, hedge funds, algorithmic traders who are currently unable to enter the crypto markets.
These firms include companies such as Divisa Capital run by XTRD Advisor Mushegh Tovmasyan.

XTRD Weekly Updates

Upcoming Events

AMA's

Further AMA's will be coming soon!

XTRD In The Media

Resources

More information will be added to this thread as the project develops.
We are currently looking for key community members to assist in building out this thread.
If you are interested please email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
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Good Friday to learn something about regulation in Forex industry

Sorry for the pun! I've tried to compile a comprehensive guide to several Forex regulatory jurisdictions: CFTC/NFA, FCA, CySEC, ASIC, FMA (New Zealand, FINMA, FSA (Japan), IFSC. I hope it helps understand better what are traders' options are inside and outs the USA. Also, it helps to know what actual punishments could brokers receive under different regulations.
TL;DR: FINMA and FSA seem to be the strictest guys out there.
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U.S. CFTC to fine UBS, Deutsche Bank, HSBC for spoofing, manipulation: sources

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 51%. (I'm a bot)
WASHINGTON - The U.S. derivatives regulator is set to announce it has fined European lenders UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank millions of dollars each for so-called "Spoofing" and manipulation in the U.S. futures market, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The enforcement action by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is the result of a multi-agency investigation that also involves the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - the first of its kind for the CFTC, the people said.
The fines for UBS and Deutsche Bank will be upward of ten million, while the fine for HSBC will be slightly less than that, the people said, without providing exact figures.
Spoofing involves placing bids to buy or offers to sell futures contracts with the intent to cancel them before execution.
Some of the manipulative behavior came to light as a result of the authorities' previously-settled probes into forex market manipulation while UBS self-reported the wrong doing, according to two of the people with knowledge of the matter.
The bank investigations have been ongoing for more than a year, one of the people said.
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Copytrader short story and ETHBIts competitors

Copy trading has led to the development of a new type of investment portfolio, which some industry insiders call "people-based" portfolios. People-based portfolios differ from traditional investment portfolios in that funds are invested in other traders, rather than traditional market-based instruments. The system has become increasingly popular in recent years. Prominent copy trading providers include eToro, ZuluTrade, Cmstrader, and many more. eToro was founded in 2007, and is domiciled in Limassol, Cyprus. The platform is currently used by more than 5,000,000 traders. It is regulated by NFA, CySEC, ASIC, CFTC, MiFID, FCA and has been the recipient of several awards. ZuluTrade was also founded in 2007, enables traders to share their knowledge with people interested in their strategies. In the strictest sense, ZuluTrade is considered a Forex autotrading platform, as it allows traders to automatically copy the trades of others into their own trading platform. Many also consider it a social trading platform, however, because traders can leave comments and feedback and see live feeds of other traders' activities. Cmstrader is a relative newcomer to the Forex scene. Since opening its doors in 2013, it has won several international awards including one for being the leading Forex broker and for having best customer service in 2013. Cmstrader is headquartered in the UK and has service offices in Cyprus, Hong Kong, France and the Kingdom of Bahrain. It offers a host of features but most outstanding is its customer support which is provided in a number of ways including by remote control through team viewer, a high tech and timely system not offered by any other broker.
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The Senate hearings don't matter

At this point, it seems incredibly unlikely that the government over-regulates Bitcoin. In short, DC has everything to lose and nothing to gain by trying to shut down this currency. The Senate Bitcoin Lovefest (hearings?) confirmed that this week.
However, what needs more discussion / education are the massive disincentives DC has to shut down Bitcoin from a tax perspective. You may not have heard, but the U.S. is still running up massive deficits and printing trillions of dollars each year to finance our trade imbalance. Then here comes Bitcoin — with its paper millionaires and ungodly amounts of taxable (if trackable) income. With U.S. holders owning something between 25-35% of the outstanding bitcoins, that equates to billions of dollars worth of taxable appreciated assets.
So the Senate hearings don’t matter, but what's taking place behind the scenes certainly does, especially at agencies like the SEC, IRS and CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission). As Time reported on Monday:
"While the Treasury refuses to define bitcoin as a currency, a federal judge hearing a case about a Ponzi scheme recently ruled bitcoin was indeed currency. And noticeably absent from the agency responses were those from the Internal Revenue Service, which has been looking into virtual-currency tax shelters, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which has said it is looking into regulating bitcoin as a commodity. The question of jurisdiction will remain up in the air until Washington can settle on a definition for bitcoin. Is it a security? A currency? A commodity?"
And there’s the rub. Because the definition of bitcoin (the specific currency) matters enormously. The tax consideration has to be the most important issue for interested U.S. parties (consumers, merchants, entrepreneurs, regulators) right now.
On the one hand, the government can treat bitcoin as a security or commodity, in which case, the government will likely tax only the realized gains at capital gains rates. This would reward the long-term speculators, and preserve their incentives to hold bitcoin indefinitely. This seems like the most likely near-term path given the alternative, which would do significant harm to existing holders, and likely entice many to evade taxes.
That alternative, of course, is that the government will adopt the view of the federal courts (thus far), labeling bitcoin a currency and taxing the unrealized gains holders accrue over time. This could be politically stupid and economically disastrous for the U.S. bitcoin market. With unrealized currency gains taxable at the ordinary income rate, the government would essentially be forcing sales of the currency when holders learn that they need liquidity in order to pay taxes on what are much more similar to unrealized paper gains than traditional forex gains.
The net effect would equate to an enormous tax on the industry and a power shift in the bitcoin market to China and other nations, whose residents could buy up the bitcoin getting fire-sold by U.S. investors without the same tax penalties.
No, the Senate hearings really don’t matter if you look at the big picture. Keep your fingers crossed that the IRS ruling is sensical, and won’t end up mattering much either.
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Dodd-Frank and resident aliens

I'm pretty new to the whole Forex thing and I'm looking for a broker.
I've come across some confusing and conflicting information about whether US citizens can use foreign forex brokers and use higher leverage and trade CFDs and the like.
From what I know, I believe the answer is "no" thanks to the recent Dodd-Frank legislation, which forbids foreign exchanges from serving US citizens without being registered with US regulators.
However, although I'm personally living, working and residing in the US, and am subject to US taxes, among other things, I'm not a US citizen.
So my questions are:
I had a brief look at the text of the act itself but apparently it's nearly 900 pages long.
EDIT: Reading into it more, it seems the penalties are generally imposed on the brokers themselves under "Memoranda of Understanding" between the US and various countries. It also seems that the restrictions do indeed apply to residents as well. At least the brokers that make a statement on the matter use the word "resident". It seem mainly the media and forums that use the word "citizen". My impression so far is that some brokers operate in countries that aren't subject to the memoranda and as such are outside the jurisdiction of the US regulators, so continue offering services to US citizens/residents.
There's a good list of foreign brokers that work this way here. Tallinex, Tradersway and Fxchoice seem to be the main ones. Out of those only Fxchoice appears to be regulated but it's not clear whether it's selling ECN (they call it "NDD") or not.
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