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European ESMA regulations

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European ESMA regulations


I trade European indices with a spread betting account and live in the U.K.

In July the European regulator is introducing draconian measures to try to kill off retail traders (under the pretence of protecting them).

Spread leverage will increase from 50:1 to 500:1 for indices like the Dax and FTSE. This means increasing account size by a multiple of 10 potentially for many retail traders. Ok, so most will be able to add funds to reach the levels required, but the problem comes when adding positions to an open trade, as once again this will require a similar increase in account size, depending what percentage of your account you choose to trade. So to trade the way I do today, I will need to increase my account size by a factor of 20.

I resent strongly a bunch of numpty European beaurocrats interfering with my day trading in this way, as I am sure most of you UK spread betters also do.

So my question is this. Has anyone on this forum found a legal way around this in the form of an offshore spread betting account, or other imaginative solution please?

I have tried registering as a professional trader to overcome this problem, but my application was rejected for insufficient experience working within the industry.

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ESMA will kill CFD

For example Japan is going to get the third cutting of the leverage to 1:10 since 2008 , when the cap was set at 1:50, followed by another halving to 1:25 several years later. Currently the 1:25 leverage is among the lowest, along with that in Turkey, which recently was set at 1:10.
Now Europe (incl. UK and Norway) with the first cut to 1:30 is following ! to fight CFD/Forex ! ?

You could argue no problem let us change to Futures ! Unfortunately not good for Forex/HFT trading!

So you can go light Offshore (possible Switzerland, South Africa, Australia ...) but I think not for very long.

or you go heavy offshore (possible Mauritius, Belize ...) offering still 1:500 or even more!

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