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The principle mission of the Securities Market Agency in Slovenia (Agencija za Trg Vrednostnih Papirjev) or ATVP is to maintain safe, transparent and efficient financial markets by exercising control over all brokerage companies, banks engaged in investment transactions and services, management companies, investment funds, mutual pension funds, public companies and public-limited companies governed by the Takeovers Act.
The Agency is not funded by the government, but by by taxes charged for issuing decisions, fees for exercising control and fines.
As a EU member country Slovenia fully complies with the requirements of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), which translated to forex and CFD brokers comprise of a set of rules, among which to maintain at all times a minimum operational capital of at least 730 000 EUR, to keep all traders funds in a segregated account, separate form the broker’s own funds, to provide a negative balance protection to all customers, to allow leverage no higher than 30:1, to file regular reports, to allow external audits and to protect up to 20 000 EUR of the trading capital with an investor compensation scheme.
Also, any broker holding a valid license by ATVP is permitted to provide its services all over the European Union market and vice versa – if a broker has a Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) license for example, it can legally target clients in Slovenia.