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As a UK resident I'd like to open an IG account & trade a small account with cfd's somewhere outside of ESMA restrictions but am unsure where will be best. Can anyone point me in the direction of an article, forum post or any other info regarding how to make a decision. Does Switzerland have any advantages over say Australia for example? I see Switzerland offers a deposit compensation scheme but Australia doesn't.

Thanks for any help

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Good morning,

Can anyone shed some light on this subject, please?

So I have switched to Aussie CFD account however I have noticed when buying stocks I get charged a commission of £10 per trade and I will be liable for tax as well. So what are the benefits compared to spread betting and CFDs?

Hence why I am with CFDs now is because Aussie account does not offer spread betting, will they be bringing that option in soon? 

Regards Trev


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4 hours ago, Caseynotes said:

National lottery , scratchcards, online bingo - no problem, but leverage in trading !

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I just read the ASIC consultation paper. Part of it was drivel and part was fair in some respects. Open to consultation until 1 October 2019. Hopefully they do what they did in Cyprus and relax the margin limit restrictions for traders with "enhanced trading experience".

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On 22/08/2019 at 17:59, Billmanator said:

I just read the ASIC consultation paper. Part of it was drivel and part was fair in some respects. Open to consultation until 1 October 2019. Hopefully they do what they did in Cyprus and relax the margin limit restrictions for traders with "enhanced trading experience".

I just replied an email to ASIC and CC to IG

I'm not Aussie and in my country there is no such high leverage products to trade. That's why I try to find high leveraged products to trade, and IG is one of the top provider who can trust in pricing, execution, safe of funds and other professional services. I dont want to use unregulated or brokers who setup on some islands somewhere....


I feel a lot of upset more than I lost my trades recently on indices. It means I habe no chance to use high leverage to gain more while if you lose in trading, you can come back but change in leverage significantly, no chances.

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47 minutes ago, business8 said:

once the changes take affect, I will be looking for a new broker, cfd provider - able to offer the leverage we are accustomed to. Any suggestions appreciated

I'm sure there are plenty of fly-by-night operators in dodgy banana republics/tax havens that will happily oblige you.

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On 22/08/2019 at 12:14, Caseynotes said:

Probably not, the FCA seems to be fully behind esma and the regulations.


Didn't the CEO of Hargreaves Landsown come out in favour of Brexit because he viewed these regulations as 'holding back Britain's entrepreneurial spirit'?  We all know what these folk mean by expressions like that.   Shylock demands his pound of flesh.

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