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Until May 2011 the regulator responsible for the securities markets oversight and authorization in New Zealand was the Securities Commission, which also authorized and shared some of its regulatory powers with the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
The Commission, however, was replaced by the The Financial Markets Authority (FMA), which became the prime regulator of the capital markets and all financial services in the country, including the retail forex market, which in the days of the former Commission was largely unregulated and was plagued by several large scam scandals.
Currently all forex and CFD brokers in New Zealand, designated as derivatives issuers, are required to register with FMA, the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) and the Financial Services Complaints (FSCL) agency, so the easiest way to check the legitimacy of any broker in the country is to search the registers of those institutions, which are regularly updated and freely available online.
FMA objective is to ensure that all forex brokers follow its strict guidelines, including to maintain a minimum operational capital in the amount of at least 1 million dollars, which is comparable with a similar requirement by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). The minimum required capital with FCA and CySEC is set at 730 000 EUR.
Failing to follow the guidelines of FMA may result in revoking licenses and imposing of fines and other penalties for financial irregularities.
However, FMA do not impose any restrictions on the maximum leverage allowed with forex and CFD trade, so unlike their European and US counterparts, traders with New Zealand brokers can enjoy leverage of up to 1:3000 and above.
Also, there are no specific capital controls imposed on the New Zealand foreign exchange market, so one can move capital in and out of the country relatively easy and use the services of any UK or EU based broker.
Forex news from New Zealand
New Zealand Regulator Issues Warning Against Shady Crypto Platforms
New Zealand’s FMA has warned against two big crypto scams. The Financial Markets Authority issued a press release on 12 December against
FMA Introduces Reformed Financial Product Ads Guidelines
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) of New Zealand has reformed and reintroduces its guidelines on how financial products should be promoted by
FMA Led Survey Reveals Increased Kiwi Interest in Investing
New Zealand’s FX watchdog, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) just published the end results to an interesting survey it recently applied to
The FMA Warns of a Impersonating Scam
The Financial Markets Authority of New Zealand warns against fraudster that impersonate the agency, with the goal of scamming innocent victims out
FMA warns against Profitix and Enigma GRC Limited
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand has issued a warning against Profitix and Enigma GRC Limited, operating www.profitix.com and www.incomeclass.net
EZCryptoplace and TradeToro blacklisted by the Austrian FMA
Unregulated Forex brokerages EZCryptoplace and TradeToro have been blacklisted by the The Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). The country’s main financial regulatory
New Zealand’s FMA blacklists TradeFintech
Unregulated Forex brokerage TradeFintech has just been added to the warning list of New Zealand Financial Markets Authority on suspicions it is
New Zealand’s FMA issues warnings against Ainvestments and Alliance Investment Limited
Unregulated Forex brokerages Ainvestments and Alliance Investment Limited have been blacklisted by the New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority. The country’s main financial
FMA warns against WiseBanc, Solid Global Investment, Bitcoin Revolution and Ideal Services Direct Contact
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand added a couple of new names to its long list of potential scam websites.
New Zealand’s FMA warns of unauthorized Fidelis International Trading
New Zealand’s regulator the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has warned that the CFDs broker Fidelis International Trading is not authorized to provide
FMA joins in on the ASIC warning against unauthorized binary options broker Banc de Binary
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA), New Zealand financial regulatory body, issued on Wednesday a notice, in which it affirms the Australian Securities