St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker

 


 

In November of 2012, the St Vincent and the Grenadines FSA (Financial Services Authority) was established to control the island‘s financial industry, as demand for registrations and company incorporations was increasing drastically. As always, not far behind followed a good number of companies looking into becoming a St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker.

That beings said, it’s important to take into consideration, that although the name FSA in most jurisdictions actually means supervision, regulation, fines, reporting, audits etc, in St Vincent and the Grenadines, forex activity still remains unsupervised and for all intends and purposes, unregulated.

By registering a company in St Vincent and the Grenadines, by no means does it imply regulation and the FSA itself warns everyone to be cautious of forex trading websites and forex brokers that claim to be “regulated” under their authority.

 

Firstly, to answer the most frequently asked questions we receive:
  • Local office and employees are not a requirement
  • There is no capital requirement since there is no regulation
  • Important – you cannot open a bank account as a forex brokerage (more about this below)
So how does someone become a St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker?

Straight forward process of collecting/submitting documents and incorporating a company. Once everything is done, the broker can proceed with bank arrangements (extremely hard if not impossible), systems and overall operations setup.

The documents required for incorporation are:

  • Notarised copy of Passport
  • Notarised government Utility Bill (water, electricity – no older than 3 months)
  • Bank reference letters for Shareholder(s) and Directors
  • CV of Shareholder(s) and Director(s)
  • Company documents
  • Clean criminal records

Important note: The documents must be in the English language – if they can’t be provided in their original form in English, a notarized English translation must be sent as well.

 

Information on the corporate structure of a St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker

At least one shareholder and at least one director are required. The company can be up and running with a wide range of types of shares including registered or bearer shares, voting shares, non-voting shares, shares which may have less than 1 vote per share, common shares, preferred shares, limited shares, shares limited by guarantee or redeemable shares, and shares which entitle participation only in certain assets. The company must maintain a registered office and a secretary and there is excellent privacy control with regards to publicising the names of the shareholders and directors. The company can manage the business from anywhere in the world, no annual external audit requirements and this is basically it.

 

Why register as a St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker?

Some key characteristics of a St Vincent and the Grenadines forex broker include but are not limited to the very low costs and fast set up compared to most regulated jurisdictions, no limits on share capital (a company can start with $1), exemptions from corporate taxes, income taxes, capital gains, no annual reports, no limitations with physical offices and employees.

Although all of the above are such great conditions for the forex brokerage, it can mean doomsday and hellish conditions for clients that fall victim to certain unregulated activities.

That being said, without disclosing names we want to make sure that we balance the scales a little bit. Most websites that pretend to be a forex trader’s best friend by reviewing jurisdictions, warn caution and run disclaimer campaigns against brokers, they raise massive red flags about trading with forex brokers registered in offshore jurisdictions. Just because of the jurisdiction, some websites instantly label a broker, scam.

We can attest to the fact that there are quite a few brokers that don’t run a chop shop but instead use these registrations to reach milestones that will enable them to get licenses in more reputable jurisdictions in the near future.

Just because a shareholder has the funds and means to pay the costs of a reputable jurisdiction, by no means does it imply that he/she does not run a chop shop. No regulation can prevent misbehaviour in its entirety and there are plenty of small operations that want to run a good business. Yes, the regulated “big” broker gets fines, warnings, extra hassle in reporting, massive costs and guidelines to work with but does this stop them from running clandestine dealing rooms and conduct naughty behaviour? Anyone who thinks this is the case is up for small, big, explosive hiccups in their forex experience.

Some of these offshore companies are so small, that you don’t even speak with a sales person. You go direct through the owner or director and the relationships you can establish with them, are far more serious than dealing with an employee of a regulated company.

All we’re saying is traders must definitely be very cautious as not everyone is into forex activities to grow a proper business. Knowing who you’re dealing with is a must before the deposit of any funds. That being said – you never know, these “offshore” invisible brokers might actually surprise you.

 

Time frames to get registered:

For all intends and purposes, with the submission of all documents you can be up and running in less than a month. Cautious reminder though – don’t register a company for forex activities before you look into your banking possibilities. If you already did though and you’re stuck, contact us now to examine what to do next.

 


 

How allFX-Consult can step into this picture:

allFX-Consult is a boutique forex consulting agency, catering to quality rather than quantity. For over a decade, our Directors have been connecting with some of the best individuals/professionals, service providers and brokers the industry has to offer so that we can meet any corporate forex challenge that comes our way.

Because of this, allFX-Consult always has a counterpart/partner for any corporate structure. But before we connect anyone, we thoroughly examine all possibilities.

We’re chosen for being discreet, detail oriented and deadline driven.

Contact us for a private conversation to discuss your case through the contact form or one of our emails at info@allfx–consult.com, partners@allfx-consult.com.

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Vanuatu Forex License


 

Another excellent alternative to set up a brokerage operation is under a Vanuatu Forex License. Regulated and supervised by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC), it gained a lot of respect and interest in recent years mainly due to the low operational cost, more lenient requirements and tax incentives.

The Securities Dealer license application can be prepared and submitted by an international company or individual that must be a Director/officer of the company.

Before moving ahead, it is important to note here that Vanuatu along with Iraq have been commended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international organisation that lists countries with inefficient measures to combat money laundering, for their efforts to ensure that their framework is strong enough and relevant to current AML/CFT requirements. As a result, in June of 2019, Vanuatu was removed from the FATF Grey List.

 

Firstly, to answer the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding a Vanuatu Forex License:
  • Local office (after the amendment act of 2018) is a requirement. The office must maintain software for filing, management and accounting, a business continuity system and server.
  • No capital requirements – instead the law requires brokerages to hold a securities bond of $50,000.

 

So how does someone start the process to obtain a Vanuatu Forex License?

Through a comparatively fast procedure, the company is required to register a Vanuatu company, prepare and submit for evaluation all documents pertaining to its ID and activities (current and past activities), a detailed business plan, an AML manual as well as a corporate bank account.

 

In this regard, the documents required are more or less the same:

  • Notarised copy of Passport
  • Recent notarised government Utility Bill (water, electricity – no older than 3 months)
  • Criminal record
  • CV and reference letters for Shareholder(s) and Directors
  • Bank statement not older than 3 months, confirming the where the funding is coming from
  • A certified copy of Academic qualifications (true copy stamp from the university/college is enough) for Shareholder(s) and Directors

Important note: The documents must be in the English language – if they can’t be provided in their original form in English, a notarised English translation must be sent as well.

 

Information on the corporate structure requirements of a Vanuatu Forex License

The Shareholder of the company can be a legal person, unlike the minimum of 1 Director (that must be pre-approved by the VFSC) and appointed on the board. The Shareholder(s) and Director(s) must have proper backgrounds and experience and their approval is at the discretion of the regulator. The Shareholder(s) and Directors are not required to be residents of Vanuatu.

The Director(s) must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience (proved by the reference letters needed to accompany the application) and shall reside for 6 months of a calendar year in Vanuatu. There must be an AML officer approved and appointed as well as a procedure in place that specifies the officer’s replacement.

Quick note here, it’s also common practice under MiFID2 where brokers are required to maintain a replacement policy for all the key personnel of the company, to avoid any setbacks in their duties, due to resignations/removals.

Recent changes

After announcements on guidelines, changes and updates on the conduct of business of forex brokers (that came into effect on January 1st, 2019), a more clear understanding of reasons for possible application rejection or license revocation is set, minimum professional indemnity insurance for partners, employees and consultants, financial statements are required to be prepared by an independent auditor that is approved by the Commissioner 3 months after the end of the year.

Moreover, the amendment introduces the new classification system that obligates applicants to choose between Class A, B and C Principal’s license, depending on the activities the broker intends to conduct. This classification will further support the VFSC in its supervising duties and control.

Here is the full Amendment Act of 2018

 

Why a Vanuatu Forex License?

Some key characteristics of the Vanuatu Forex License include but are not limited to the very low costs compared to most regulated jurisdictions, the recognition it receives on an international level for its efforts in combating money laundering (important if later the broker will apply for a license with another jurisdiction), the swift adaptation in controlling and supervising uninterrupted relative to the increase in demand for its forex licenses, the favourable tax conditions (no tax on profit or capital gains) and much, much more.

 

Time frames to get the license:

Although people/offices will try to convince you that they can get your setup up and running within 6 months (or less), we will refrain from making any promises for obvious reasons. It’s in the discretion of the national regulator to approve, ask questions or even reject any application depending on its complexity and structure.

 


 

How allFX-Consult can step into this picture:

allFX-Consult is a boutique forex consulting agency, catering to quality rather than quantity. For over a decade, our Directors have been connecting with some of the best individuals/professionals, service providers and brokers the industry has to offer so that we can meet any corporate forex challenge that comes our way.

Because of this, allFX-Consult always has a counterpart/partner for any corporate structure. But before we connect anyone, we thoroughly examine all possibilities.

We’re chosen for being discreet, detail oriented and deadline driven.

Contact us for a private conversation to discuss your case through the contact form or one of our emails at info@allfx–consult.com, partners@allfx-consult.com.

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Q&A on allFX-Consult – 7th issue of Game Changers magazine

  1. Published on the 7th issue of Game Changers magazine – pages 31-33

 

  1. Tell us a little about your background

June of 2016 marked my 10th year in this amazing sector. With a BSc in Economics and Finance, my career path started back in 2006 within a highly competitive sales department. Loads of information to digest, not much competition market-wise, but due to the fact that the industry was still relatively “new” I still had to deal with general unawareness at the time regarding CFDs and forex trading. After 3 years of direct selling, networking and advancing as an industry participant, I looked for and challenged Executive Roles, where I managed Cyprus Investment Firms from the Director’s position, got deeper into the regulatory frameworks and gained a more complete understanding of the technological innovations that characterize the backend of a brokerage. Today, other than running the day to day operations of allFX-Consult, I also still maintain non-executive director roles on boards of Investment Firms.

 

  1. Why did you start your business?

Although today allFX-Consult is characterised by the three parts you see on the website, that is the Sales Department setup, the Full Brokerage Solution and the Institutional Program, our core still lies in the brokerage’s business development (sales) strategies, set-up and control.

 

Before allFX-Consult materialised into a complete brand, we saw a need for correct/educated sales department planning, since many attempts from brokers to find suitable department heads had no positive results. This could be due to the broker not being challenging enough, or not paying enough, or not allowing the person to reach full potential through the brokerage’s decision making. No matter what the reasoning, there was (and still is) a lot of Sales Director position “recycling”, departments left “naked” after the head would abandon ship and any work carried out thus far, rendered obsolete.

 

In the early days, there was no allFX-Consult brand. All our trainings and services were delivered at the broker’s locations just like we do now, but as independent contractors. With the number of projects growing fast, we saw the potential that a brand with online presence could provide, which evidently formulated what allFX-Consult offers and stands for today.

 

  1. Sales is a challenging department. Why would a brokerage choose outsourced help rather than an in-house professional?

Put very simply, because we’re the only ones who don’t approach this department solely based on our backgrounds and experience but rather on industry standards and targeted competitive analysis. Our methodology, developed and fine-tuned over the years, assesses how the brokerage came to be and where it’s planning to go, it identifies correct products/services relative to its target audience and the direct competitors, it renders the final product marketable and evidently saleable. In rare cases where the product is not saleable, perhaps the broker is unwilling to adapt or the business plans are not feasible, we will just not take on the project.

 

Once we on-board our strategies, the training does not only include employees and sales people but also the management on how to continue utilising our work after completion, without the need for us to be present. A sales department doesn’t need months to become operational. Depending on its size, the period can be a lot shorter. The fact that we carry on the work in such an independent manner, is one of the reasons we have lifelong contacts rather than clients and projects.

 

Another reason is of course the redistribution of business through our Institutional program, with our clients receiving business (as this comes to us) as high priority, a program that keeps everyone happy. So you can see why anyone that engages the services of allFX-Consult is a lot more than a client and partner.

 

What do you think about the latest CySEC decisions on the Sales and Marketing functions of CIFs?

I agree with them 100%. Through our blog or direct communication with industry participants, we always urged caution towards outsourced call centers, any so called “sales rooms” and anything scripted that takes away the personal, educated and human approach towards a potential investor.

 

How can a faraway country that doesn’t even know what the word regulation means, take on the role of the “income generator” of a broker, without overstepping boundaries, making false promises, begging and/or any other tactics they see appropriate to succeed in an aggressive industry like the forex industry. No ethical industry participant would be against these decisions unless they are themselves incapable of generating sales without offering investment advice, making fake promises, use aggressive tones and repeatedly harass their prospects.

 

This is also why we don’t take any/every project that requires our service. For example we refused a few brokers/sales teams that turned their back on education or required scripted answers from us. We also refused every binary project that knocked on our door since the first binary license was granted. Not sure if these made any difference outside our office walls, but at least for us it’s something.

 

  1. Can you give us an outline of where the strengths of your business are?

The biggest strength of our business is our network. Over the years we managed to form a web of individuals/professionals, brokers and service providers that combine forces to offer an unparalleled service under one umbrella that we called allFX-Consult. The years of experience, the personal approach to every case as well as our principles characterises our way of work and our partners. Redistributing networks, business, projects and funds all across our network’s spectrum and setting up yearly milestones, pinned our service right into the heart of the FX industry in Cyprus and abroad.

 

Growing with these important milestones, allFX-Consult is now more committed than ever to perform not as an individual agency but as a large network of professionals and institutions that exchange knowledge, ideas, business and wealth.

 

  1. Where is your business most applicable to; start-up or mature?

Both; any brokerage that comes to us, most definitely went through what we described above, therefore they will require exactly the same approach whether start-up or mature. We will still need to evaluate, create reports, identify strengths/weaknesses, adopt any differentiation strategies possible and most importantly train. Our training is characterised by some as “sociopathic”, reason being the emotionless approach to who is in front of the trainer, whether that is a sales person or a shareholder. When the correct answer needs to be given, everyone’s the same, irrespective if they are the ones writing our cheques. Usually if there is a problem with this approach, or we find ourselves stepping on people’s toes, then the project is doomed to fail, because apparently we’re not there to teach and/or grow with these people, but rather inflate egos and waste time.

 

  1. What are your plans for 2017?

We’re at a point now that we can setup a brokerage from scratch; from licensing to the formulation and implementation of operational strategies, we do it all.  This happens, not only through the people behind allFX-Consult but through this amazing network of professionals, providers and brokers, each with equal if not more experience to ours, combining their expertise to create something beautiful. New technological innovations, new providers, new brokers, new people are joining the industry every day and our goal is to know each and every one of them, work with each one and deliver the best possible service to whoever needs it. And what do you know? Maybe this can be our way of giving back to this terrific industry that gave so much to so many but receives so little in terms of feedback and recognition. We invite everyone to meet with us in person and find out for themselves just how far allFX-Consult can take them.