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Best ASIC Regulated Forex Brokers in 2020

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  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    TYPE OF BROKER

    ECN/DMA

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    CySEC CySEC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • IRESS
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Paypal
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Fasapay
    • BPay
    • paytrust88
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    RAW0.0 pips$3.50STPAUD 100 Account Details
    Standard1.0 pipsNoneSTPAUD 100 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • IRESS
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Paypal
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Fasapay
    • BPay
    • paytrust88
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 50
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • etoro
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 1.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 47
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard1.0 pipsNoneMarketUSD 200 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • etoro
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 1.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 47
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • ETFs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    B.V.I FSC B.V.I FSC
    FSA FSA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • POLi
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Professional1.3 pipsNoneInstantUSD 100 Account Details
    Retail1.3 pipsNoneInstantUSD 100 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • ETFs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • POLi
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Energies
    TYPE OF BROKER

    ECN/STP

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    • Unionpay
    • POLi
    • BPay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 80+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Razor0.0 pipsAUD$ 7ECNUSD 200 Account Details
    Standard1.0 pipsNoneECNUSD 200 Account Details
    Swap-free1.0 pipsNoneECNUSD 200 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Energies
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    • Unionpay
    • POLi
    • BPay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 80+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 200
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • Futures
    TYPE OF BROKER

    ECN

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 60
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    RAW - cTrader0.0 pips$3.00MarketUSD 200 Account Details
    RAW - MetaTrader0.0 pips$3.50MarketUSD 200 Account Details
    Standard - MetaTrader1.0 pipsNoneMarketUSD 200 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • Futures
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 60
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    ECN/STP

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • MT Supreme
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • POLi
    • Bitcoin
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 40+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Admiral.Markets0.5 pipsNoneMarketUSD 200 Account Details
    Admiral.MT50.5 pipsNoneMarketUSD 200 Account Details
    Admiral.Prime0.0 pips$1.8-$3.0MarketUSD 200 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • MT Supreme
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • POLi
    • Bitcoin
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 40+
  • Minimum Deposit
    USD 250
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • Interest Rates
    • Digital 100s
    • IPOs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 200:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.6 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 93
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 5
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    IFSC IFSC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Sofort Banking
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Bitcoin
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 1.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 57
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Micro1.0 pipsNoneInstantUSD 5 Account Details
    Standard1.0 pipsNoneInstantUSD 5 Account Details
    XM Ultra Low0.6 pipsNoneInstantUSD 50 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Sofort Banking
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Bitcoin
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 1.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 57
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 50
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Bonds
    • Interest Rates
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    MAS MAS
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • ATPro
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • PayID
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • BPay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 84+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard0.5 pipsNoneInstantUSD 200 Account Details
    Professional0.5 pipsNoneInstantUSD 500000+ Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Bonds
    • Interest Rates
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • ATPro
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • PayID
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • BPay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 84+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 5
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    FCA FCA
    MAS MAS
    FMA FMA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • CMCmarkets
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Paypal
    • BPay
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 330
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    CFD Account0.7 pipsNoneInstantUSD 5 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • CMCmarkets
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Paypal
    • BPay
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 330
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    • Futures
    TYPE OF BROKER

    NDD Intervention Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    CySEC CySEC
    FSCA FSCA
    DFSA DFSA
    SCB SCB
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    • FxProEdge
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.6 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 70+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    FxPro cTrader0.45 pips$4.50MarketUSD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT41.2 pipsNoneMarketUSD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT51.52 pipsNoneMarketUSD 100 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    • Futures
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    • cTrader
    • FxProEdge
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Unionpay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.6 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 70+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Metals
    • Vanilla Options
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Sofort Banking
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Astropay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 103
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard1.9 pipsNoneInstantUSD 100 Account Details
    Premium1.4 pipsNoneInstantUSD 2000 Account Details
    VIP0.9 pipsNoneInstantUSD 10000 Account Details
    Super VIP1.2 pipsNoneInstantUSD 50000 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Metals
    • Vanilla Options
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Sofort Banking
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Astropay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 103
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 250
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    • ETFs
    • Bonds
    • Blends
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 300:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Live0.9 pipsNoneInstantUSD 100 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Energies
    • ETFs
    • Bonds
    • Blends
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 300:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
  • Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Futures
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker/ECN

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Unionpay
    • Fasapay
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 1000:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 85
  • Minimum Deposit
    USD 5
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • WTIs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    ECN/DMA

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    DFSA DFSA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 30:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 80+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    MT4 Pro Account0.1 pips$7MarketUSD 5 Account Details
    MT4 Standard Account1.0 pipsNoneMarketUSD 5 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • WTIs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Bank Transfer
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 30:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 80+
  • Minimum Deposit
    USD 50
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker/STP

    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • NinjaTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : Variable pips
    • Currency Pairs : 39
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard1.3 pipsNoneSTPUSD 50 Account Details
    Active TraderNot Published pipsYesSTPUSD 25000 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • Bonds
    • WTIs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • NinjaTrader
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 400:1
    • Min. Spread : Variable pips
    • Currency Pairs : 39
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 200
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • WTIs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    NDD Intervention Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Fasapay
    • BPay
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.2 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard1.0 pipsNoneMarketUSD 200 Account Details
    GoPlus+0.0 pips$3.00MarketUSD 500 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Metals
    • Equities
    • WTIs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • MT4
    • MT5
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Neteller
    • Fasapay
    • BPay
    • POLi
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 500:1
    • Min. Spread : 0.2 pips
    • Currency Pairs : 50+
  • Minimum Deposit
    AUD 100
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Vanilla Options
    • ETFs
    TYPE OF BROKER

    Market Maker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    MAS MAS
    FMA FMA
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • Plus500
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 300:1
    • Min. Spread : Variable pips
    • Currency Pairs : 70+
    AccountSpread FromCommissionExecutionMin. Deposit
    Standard0.0 pipsNoneInstantUSD 100 Account Details
    TRADING INSTRUMENTS
    • Commodities
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Forex
    • Indicies
    • Equities
    • Vanilla Options
    • ETFs
    TRADING PLATFORMS
    • Plus500
    DEPOSIT METHODS
    • Bank Transfer
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Skrill
    • Paypal
    Trading Conditions
    • Max. Leverage : 300:1
    • Min. Spread : Variable pips
    • Currency Pairs : 70+

All Forex Brokers in Australia

Why Trade with an ASIC Regulated Forex Broker?

There are few genuinely strong regulators in the world; the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is one, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission is another, and most would agree that ASIC is also a member of this group. ASIC has already built a reputation for guaranteeing trader security and dealing harshly with bad brokers, but recent reports show that ASIC is planning an even stricter regulatory environment in the coming months. We will talk about what that environment might look like in more detail below, but first, let’s look at the current benefits of trading with an ASIC-regulated broker.

  • Segregated Accounts: Like most good regulators, ASIC ensures that all brokers keep client funds segregated from broker operational funds and in Tier 1 Australian banks.
  • No Leverage Limit: There are currently no limits on maximum leverage offered by brokers, though this is likely to change in the next year. While leverage limits can protect traders, especially beginners, it can make scalping strategies more difficult.
  • Dispute Resolution and Customer Satisfaction: The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) handles all disputes between traders and brokers and are known for efficiency and fairness. Importantly, brokers are responsible for the cost of the resolution and not the trader – this provides an incentive for brokers to respond quickly and fairly to all customer complaints. Unsurprisingly, ASIC Forex brokers are consistently rated very highly for customer satisfaction.
  • No Conflict of Interest: ASIC has banned all Forex brokers from being counterparty to their client’s trades, furthermore all brokers are required to offer a fast and efficient platform with no broker interference. It is perhaps as a result of these restrictions that Australia hosts many of the world’s best ECN brokers.

How To Choose an ASIC Regulated Broker?

All ASIC brokers are safe due to the strict regulatory environment in which they operate, and most of them are very strong all-round. But it is essential to look at the detail of each broker to find out what differentiates them from each other.  When looking for an ASIC-regulated Forex broker, it is important to judge them on the following areas:

  • Broker Type: Most brokers are either ECN/STP or Market Makers, but some can be a combination of both. You will find that many brokers will provide an ECN/STP service on their higher-deposit account types while acting as a Market Maker for their Cent and Standard accounts. Many of the best ASIC regulated brokers are ECN/STPs.
  • Trading Conditions: This includes what kind of spreads are available, how much leverage is offered, and how many currency pairs are available. These factors will directly impact your profit or loss, so you don’t want any surprises.
  • Trading Platform: MetaTrader 4 is still the industry standard, but many brokers offer MetaTrader 5 and/or their proprietary platforms. ECN/STP brokers will often support cTrader as it is built specifically for market execution and only allows for minimal broker interference.
  • Minimum Deposit: This changes by account type for many brokers, with higher minimum deposits often linked to better trading conditions. We will always highlight the minimum deposit available regardless of the account type.
  • Deposit and Withdrawal Methods: All brokers accept traditional payment types such as debit/credit cards and bank transfers, many accept online payments through Skrill and Neteller and some will also accept Bitcoin. Always check for deposit and withdrawal fees, a few brokers charge a percentage fee for some withdrawals methods, making large drawdowns very expensive. 

Changes in ASIC Regulation

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) released its annual report for the 2018/19 fiscal year on October 17th, 2019 against the backdrop of its highly critical review of the CFD sector in August.

The August review of the Australian OTC retail derivative market found a considerable increase in the number of traders since 2017 and an equally large increase in turnover at ASIC regulated brokers.

ASIC also published the data on complaints filed against CFD brokers over the same period, and the results were shocking.

From 2017-19 complaints received by ASIC had increased by 600%, a situation that ASIC has concluded is not sustainable in a sector where the majority of customers are known to lose money.

As a response to this damning set of data, and citing the 2018 tightening of regulation in Europe by ESMA, ASIC has laid out a new set of regulations for CFD brokers operating under its jurisdiction:

  • A complete ban on binary options
  • Varying leverage restrictions for all CFDs: 20:1 for forex and gold, 15:1 for stock indices, 10:1 for commodities (excluding gold), 2:1 for cryptocurrencies and 5:1 for equities and all other instruments.
  • A forced stop-out at 50% of the total initial margin of all open trades
  • Mandatory negative balance protection
  • A complete ban on all bonus schemes, promotions and other incentives to traders.
  • All brokers must place visible and honest risk warnings showing the percentage of traders who lose money on their platform
  • All broker trading platforms must always display total position size and overnight funding costs related to open positions in real-time.
  • ASIC also stated that they expect all brokers to publish their pricing methods

Though these restrictions have not yet been made into law, ASIC made it very clear that they expect the new set of rules to be on the books within the next few months – ASIC further reinforced this stance at the launch of the annual review, stating that:

“We continue to respond to a high incidence of misconduct in the retail OTC derivatives sector, involving large client losses.”

ASIC has also warned Australian brokers away from working with offshore investors illegally, especially as regulators in China, Japan and Europe and North America have placed restrictions or bans on CFDs for retail investors. ASIC has also started working more closely with CFD brokers to ensure compliance with foreign laws and is actively engaged with multiple international regulatory bodies in this matter.

Overall, we can expect significant changes in the Forex industry in Australia, and across the Asia-Pacific region, in the next few months. If you want to know more about how these changes might affect your trading, we recommend getting in touch with ASIC or your broker to discuss the options available to you.

About ASIC

ASIC’s Role In Forex Trading & Brokers

ASIC requires that all brokers obtain a valid Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) to be compliant with ASIC regulations.  These regulations include the Corporations Act (2001), and ensure that all laws are correctly applied according to the intention of the Government, and thus ensure the proper functioning of the markets.

The regulations also incorporate the guidelines outlined in the Insurance Contracts Act (1984) and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act (2009), all of which govern various aspects of any brokerage’s business model.

ASIC enforces regulatory compliance and grants traders the ability to seek redress for any infractions of the law by an ASIC registered company, regardless of their country of residence.  If you feel that a company of ASIC regulated service provider has committed fraud or criminal acts, contact ASIC to report the issue.

ASIC’s Origins

Proposed on July 1st, 1998 as a result of recommendations by the Wallis Inquiry, the modern ASIC organization was derived from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act of 2001, which forced an overhaul of the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) that was created seven years earlier, on January 1st, 1991 by the ASC Act of 1989.

The initial purpose of ASC was to include all of the corporate regulators in Australia together under one national umbrella – thus dissolving the National Companies, Securities Commission and Corporate Affairs offices that had existed in the states and territories.

When the ASC became ASIC on July 1st, 1998, the new organisation took on the responsibility for consumer protection in superannuation, insurance, and bank deposits.

Since ASIC’s foundation, additional responsibilities have been given to the organisation. In 2002, ASIC became responsible for overseeing all credit facilities, and in 2009 it assumed responsibility for regulating the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

How ASIC is Structured

ASIC has wide-ranging regulatory responsibilities and is broken down into different committees and areas of oversight.

  • The chair of ASIC reports to the commission along with an external advisory panel, which acts as an advisor to the commission.
  • Committees and advisory groups report into the chair on issues ranging from Operations and Strategy to Legal and Regional Commissioners.
  • ASIC is split into three main areas of responsibility, each with a deputy chair or commissioner accountable for each division. These divisions are Investors and Financial Consumers, Markets and Registry.

Key Responsibilities of ASIC

ASIC regulates most financial products on the Australian markets and the Australian Stock Exchanges (ASX).

ASIC’s areas of responsibility include:

  • Financial Services
  • Securities and Derivatives
  • Consumer Protection
  • Financial Literacy
  • Insurance
  • Corporate Governance

ASIC interfaces with the general public via its www.moneysmart.gov.au website which debuted on March 15th, 2011. The creation of MoneySmart integrated ASIC’s two previous consumer websites into one portal which acts as a single source of legal information for all ASIC regulated Forex brokers.

Summary

ASIC Regulated Forex brokers need to comply with strict oversight and processes in order to protect their customers and the financial markets overall.

While Australians are not limited to ASIC regulated brokers, it is highly recommended that a choice in broker includes one with the same regulatory stature to avoid brokers with dishonest practices and keep funds safe.

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Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors and comes with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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