This list will assist you in identifying major dependable financial regulators and licensing authorities.
The governments of all major industrialized countries have financial regulatory agencies there to protect its citizens. They are subject to extensive executive, judicial, legislative, and public oversight. Their responsibilities include licensing of brokerages and brokers and monitoring their activities. That helps ensure maximum protection for investors.
Alert consumers should beware, however, that weak bodies calling themselves regulatory commissions may also exist. That is especially true in the offshore countries in which many online brokerages claim to be located. Due to the limited governmental infrastructure in these countries – which tend to be underpopulated and underfinanced – the capacity of such agencies to carry out its monitoring function is nominal at best and non-existent at worst.
In addition, some unscrupulous financial investment sites may claim to be members of or regulated by independent industry regulatory associations. In reality, these associations are fictitious. By mentioning them, the operators of these sites are attempting to assure you that the services they offer are reliable when, in fact, they are not.