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MAS says use regulated forex brokers; consumer and traders be alert

It is important for traders to make use of services provided by regulated forex brokers.

Forex brokers that are regulated by MAS holds a Capital Market Services license. An important feature of such forex brokers is the segregated account they employ to hold traders’ funds. These accounts separate customer funds from the brokers’ funds. If the broker goes bust, traders are still able to withdraw their money. (Why is regulation for brokers important?)

There are also other issues to be considered. For more information, please see the following from the MoneySense website by MAS.

Who may provide financial services in Singapore?

Persons providing financial services in Singapore are required to be licensed, exempt or otherwise regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to carry out activities regulated under the relevant laws administered by MAS.

The names of regulated persons in respect of the provision of financial services under the various Acts administered by MAS are listed on MAS’ website in the Financial Institutions Directory.

Why should consumers not deal with unregulated persons?

Consumers are strongly encouraged to deal only with persons that are regulated by MAS. MAS’ regulatory regime aims at safeguarding the interests of consumers by ensuring that only competent and professional persons may provide financial services. If a consumer chooses to deal with persons that are not regulated by MAS, he forgoes the protection afforded under laws administered by MAS, particularly if these persons are based overseas.

Consumer alert on the pitfalls of dealing with unregulated persons

MoneySENSE has issued a consumer alert highlighting the common techniques used by persons that are not regulated by MAS to solicit business and the risks involved. The alert also informs consumers of the steps they can take to protect themselves. Click here to read the article.

The Investor Alert List

From time to time, MAS receives information on persons who are possibly conducting activities regulated by MAS without authorisation. These persons may target Singapore consumers, or overseas consumers by giving them the false impression that they are operating in Singapore. Some of these unregulated persons may sometimes use names similar to that of entities regulated by MAS.

Consumers should exercise care when dealing with these persons. Overseas consumers who receive solicitations by persons who claim to have an operation in Singapore should also exercise care and check if they are in fact dealing with persons who are regulated by MAS.

Below is a list of persons, on whom MAS has received information, who are not authorised by MAS in respect of the carrying on of regulated activities. The list is not exhaustive and will be updated.

Investor Alert List

Traders and investors can also participate in MoneySense activities. MoneySense is a national financial education programme launched in 2003.

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