NBS alert: Forex

04. 05. 2016 | Information for Public

Národná banka Slovenska (NBS) points out that the Slovak financial market is experiencing development of trading with foreign currencies and different derivatives based on foreign currencies, referred to collectively as trading on the foreign exchange (Forex) market.

Trading on the foreign exchange market is often promoted to the public by persons who have not been granted the appropriate authorisation to perform this activity. Their lack of professional competence often leads to them underestimating the risks associated with this type of trading and they also completely fail to inform consumers about its risks. This unprofessional behaviour leads to a situation where ordinary clients and investors trading on the foreign exchange market are exposed to excessive risks of financial loss and usually also lose a significant part of their investments. In some investment strategies, investors may lose more funds than their initial investment.

Therefore, NBS would like to remind the public that marketing or trading foreign currencies or the various derivatives based on foreign currencies may only be performed by entities which have been granted a banking authorisation for this activity or similar authorisation for payment services issued by Národná banka Slovenska or a foreign supervisory authority, or authorisation of a foreign investment firm, and in the case of financial intermediation of these transactions, registration as a bound investment agent.

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National Bank of Slovakia
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Imricha Karvasa 1, 813 25 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421-2-5787 2142, +421-2-5865 2142, +421-2-5787 2169, +421-2-5865 2169
Internet: http://www.nbs.sk

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