Beware! Selected Markets is an offshore broker! Your investment may be at risk.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Open trading accounts with at least two brokers.
Selected Markets is an offshore Forex brokerage registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It provides a web-based trading platform, not the MT4 trading platform and a generous leverage of up to 1:400. The is a wide range of trading options, including crypto currencies and a supposed spread of 0.4 on EUR/USD
Selected Markets regulation & safety of funds
On the brokers website we read that the broker brand is owned and operated by a company with the name Halsted Holdings LTD which is registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a well-known offshore zone and a preferred location for shady brokerage.
We read it is “regulated” by the local Financial Services Authority, however, this is quite misleading. We remind readers that the government of SVG has multiple times publicly stated that it does not oversee Forex trading and thus we may safely conclude that not only is the brokerage not regulated. Furthermore, trading with an offshore, unregulated brokerage hides a lot of risk. There may be commingling which means that the brokerage may commingle together the finances of the firm and the finances of the clients. Overall, the lack of regulation inclines us to suspect that potential clients of the brokerage may be open to substantial risk.
Traders needn’t have to worry themselves with such risk if they choose to trade with a brokerage regulated and authorized by a prestigious regulatory agency. Such agencies are the FCA in the UK or CySec in Cyprus which have been leading names in Forex trading for some time now. Their regulatory framework is composed of a number of strict rules which prevent clients from falling victims to fraud. Such rules include the segregation of accounts which assures that commingling with the client’s money is not possible. Furthermore, a license by such a regulatory body entails participation in a financial mechanism by which clients may be compensated if they suffer losses due to fraud or bankruptcy. With the FCA the compensation is up to 85 000 pounds, where as with CySEC it is up to 20 000 euro per person.
Selected Markets trading software
Furthermore, putting all this aside – the brokerage does not provide the MetaTrader 4 trading platform which we always consider a disadvantage since it is the foremost trading terminal at the moment equipped with features such as almost a 100 market indicators, as well as customizable trading robots. It is also the preferred choice for more than 80 percent of the traders in Forex. Instead, there is a web-based platform available and we were able to easily register for a demo account. Here is a screenshot:
We could see a spread of just 0.4 pips which is significantly low for Forex trading. As a matter of fact, it is so low we are inclined to question whether it is the actual since it will be almost impossible for a broker to yield a profit with such a low spread. Perhaps, the broker charges a commission, however, we find no mention of such in the terms and conditions. The leverage extended to traders is quite generous and not uncommon for offshore brokers who are not limited by leverage caps. We were unable to discern the required minimum deposit which is troubling since such information is crucial in Forex trading and clients should be well informed how much they have to risk for the most basic account.
Selected Markets deposit/withdrawal methods and fees
Potential clients of the brokerage may deposit or withdraw via credit cards and wire transfer, as well as the e-wallet QIWI, WebMoney, Skrill, Neteller, Sofort, Neosurf, giropay, iDeal, Moneta, Paysafecard and Astropay.
Going through the terms and conditions of the brokerage we did find provisions worth noting, here is a screenshot:
There is a 0.3 percent fee for withdrawals via credit cards and wire transfers, as well as a 1 percent fee for withdrawals via Bitcoin. Also, the minimum withdrawal amount is at $100. Such fees certainly aren’t excessive but are well worth highlighting. We also view the transparency of the broker favorably since not many registered offshore disclose such details in their documents. There are also bonus withdrawal conditions. Here is a screenshot:
No withdrawals will be allowed until a trading volume of 40,000 times the bonus promotion is reached. Such a provision is ludicrous and precisely this is how the scamming takes place in Forex. Brokers offer a bonus promotion and then tie it with impossible to complete trading volume requirements in order for the client to be able to withdraw. Simply stated – if a client takes advantage of a bonus promotion with Selected Markets, they won’t be withdrawing any time soon.
Many scammers choose not to disclose such information to would-be clients. Without proper information on the website we cannot be certain whether clients won’t be charged with any unexpected withdrawal or deposit fees once they invest. This is why we advise traders to always put up only the required minimum deposit, instead of risking a bigger amount with no certainty. Afterwards, they may also try to withdraw a small amount in order to check for any unexpected fees or delays. Such fees and delays are usually the signs of a scammer.
How does the scam work?
Even though the forex trading world is extremely large and encompasses millions of people around the globe, the most common scamming is pretty simple and straightforward and as such – it’s not particularly daring to avoid. Here is a quick overview of how it is done:
Through clicking an ad with promises for fast money, you will be redirected to a website such as DaxRobot or CryptoContracts where registration will require you to give your address, email and phone number. After sharing your personal information, you will being receiving calls from brokers, compelling you to invest with them and win big. After a few minutes hearing their pitches, you decide to deposit some $200-250. And just like that – the scammers take a fat commission from this initial deposit.
After they are done with you, senior scammers begin working you into putting even more money. They say it’s the only way to profit from trading even more. After making the mistake of investing even further, you’ll begin wanting to get out of this and withdraw what you have left.
Unfortunately, the con-artists have no such thing in mind. They will now begin persuading you to wait it out and not withdraw right now. The angle here is pretty blunt – traders have a limited time period for filing a chargeback with their bank and get their money back. The “recovery department” will simply want to mislead you into missing thе crucial period and, along the way, losing any chance you might have of getting the money back.
It is important here to take notice that both Visa and MasterCard are taking measures to combat unregulated forex brokerages by classifying all forex transactions as high risk. And with the case Traderia – they are correct in doing so. Furthermore, supporting their intention with clear actions – MasterCard has increased the previous time period of six months for filing a chargeback to a year and a half.
What to do when scammed?
As was mentioned above, scamming is quite the common in the trading world and, sadly, even you might suffer from it. In such an unfortunate case there still may be some available options for you.
You may contact your bank or credit card provider and file a chargeback.
If, however, you have provided the broker with your credit card details, immediately cancel your credit card.
If you have given information regarding your online banking pass – you should switch it asap!
Beware of potential calls from self-described “recovery agencies”! They prey on scammed and vulnerable traders who are desperate to recover their losses. They will require an “up-front” payment to help you, but after paying them, no such help will be coming your way!