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FSCA warns the public against Invest Markets and 24Option.com

24 November 2021 The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to be cautious when doing any financial services business with Invest Markets and 24Option.com which are not authorised to give any financial advice or render any intermediary services in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS Act).

The FSCA has received complaints from members of the public against Invest Markets and 24Option.com. According to the websites of Invest Markets and 24Option.com, it appears that they are based in Belize, providing trading platforms that offer trading in Forex, Contract for Difference (CFD’s) derivatives, as well as cryptocurrencies.

The FSCA points out that for a company to offer CFD trading and forex trading in South Africa, it must be licensed to do so by the FSCA. It therefore appears that these two platforms are conducting unregistered financial services business, which is unlawful.

The website of Invest Markets states the following: “This website (www.investmarkets.com/international) is operated by Arvis Capital Limited, a Belize investment firm, authorised and regulated by the International Financial Services Commission of Belize…” Of importance is that Invest Markets and 24Option.com still requires South African licences to operate locally.

The FSCA again reminds consumers who wish to conduct financial services with an institution or person to check beforehand with the FSCA on either the toll-free number (0800 110 443) or on the website www.fsca.co.za as to whether or not such institution or person is authorised to render financial services.

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There are countless articles written about South Africa’s poor retirement outcomes. Which of the following would you single out as the biggest contributor to local savers not accumulating enough to buy an adequate and sustainable pension?

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Reluctance to seek financial advice early on
SA’s high unemployment rate
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