Friday, August 7, 2009

New US−Specific Forex Regulations

The approval of Compliance Rule 2-43(b) became effective in November, 2008, but parts of the ruling are still being implemented over time to allow for changes to Forex trading software. This new regulation is made to protect the US retail Forex trader from practices that the NFA (National Futures Association) has determined have no economic benefit to the trader. According to the NFA, this type of hedging increases the customer's financial costs by doubling the expense of entering and exiting positions. In addition, if the trader holds positions overnight, the differences in the interest rate rollover evaluation will cost customers additional money over time if they are short high yield currencies.

The National Futures Association has a website that every customer should visit for more information about their broker. Any Forex broker that is an NFA member has to meet high standards including a large minimum capital requirement to carry out business. Customers should check to see if their US Forex broker is an NFA member, and if they have any past customer complaints by doing a Background Affiliation Status Information Center (BASIC) search.

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