Bank Negara Malaysia Financial Consumer Alert List and the Securities Commission Investor Alert List have both flagged OctaFX, a notable player in the Forex brokerage scene in Malaysia.
Such an inclusion raises questions about whether OctaFX is a scam. Other brokers like XM, FBS, and Bold Prime are also featured on these lists, leaving the Malaysian trading community in a state of uncertainty regarding brokerage licenses. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation, we conduct an in-depth analysis of OctaFX and the broader landscape of Forex investing in our country.
OctaFX listing on the SC Investor Alert List
What does OctaFX offer?
Since its inception in 2011, OctaFX has been an important international Forex broker with an extensive reach across 180 countries. Emphasising empowering traders, OctaFX provides access to diverse financial markets and a comprehensive suite of trading services, including copy trading. The broker offers free educational tutorials and webinars, articles, and analytical tools.
The year 2022 brought several accolades for OctaFX, including two in the APAC region. Global Banking and Finance Review recognised OctaFX as the ‘Best Forex Broker Malaysia 2022,’ while International Business Magazine named it the ‘Best Global Broker Asia 2022.’
The safety of brokers on the alert lists for investments
The alert lists maintained by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission aim to raise awareness about entities operating without proper licenses or regulatory oversight. However, the mere presence of a broker on these lists doesn’t automatically signify it is a scam. Take the case of Forex OctaFX, which holds licenses from reputable bodies like FSCA in South Africa and CySEC in Cyprus, ensuring its trustworthiness for traders.
Why do prominent international brokers, including OctaFX in Malaysia, avoid obtaining licenses from BNM or the SC? To comprehend this, we must first ask whether there are any licensed Forex brokers in Malaysia at all. Surprisingly, there are none.
The absence of online brokers authorised to deal in derivatives suggests a complex and rigorous licensing process, potentially discouraging brokers from pursuing it. The competition with globally established brokers offering more attractive conditions might further dissuade local licensing. Alternatively, the Securities Commission could be rejecting broker applications due to some unknown policies.
Unfortunately, this leaves Malaysian traders and investors without an immensely popular investment opportunity enjoyed across the globe (as evidenced by OctaFX’s presence in 180+ countries). Nonetheless, they continue to engage with OctaFX and other online platforms, which currently remain legal. It might be worthwhile for BNM and the Securities Commission to reconsider their licensing frameworks to attract brokers to operate within Malaysia in the future.
Examining OctaFX’s past celebrity collaborations in Malaysia
Like many of its peers, OctaFX Malaysia utilized the influence of local celebrities in Malaysia for promotional purposes, including Aliff Syukri, Wak Doyok, and Fizo Omar. However, the broker’s inclusion in the alert lists triggered a significant shift, leading OctaFX to terminate its partnerships with these celebrities. As of now, OctaFX refrains from employing any new influencers, though the reasons for this decision and any potential legal implications remain unclear.