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Trading forex (currencies) in Germany is popular among residents. While recommended, forex brokers are not required to become authorised by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) to accept residents of Germany as customers.
The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority is the financial regulatory body in Germany. Website: https://www.bafin.de.
BaFin was established in 2002 when three supervisory agencies merged to create one agency to oversee banks, credit institutions, insurance companies, financial service companies, brokers and stock exchanges. For a historical breakdown, here's a link to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority webpage on Wikipedia.
Best Forex Brokers Germany
Here is our list of the best forex brokers in Germany.
- IG - Best Overall, Most Trusted
- CMC Markets - Best for Low Costs, Active Trading
- Swissquote - Best Banking Services
- Saxo Bank - Best Web Platform, High Minimum Deposit
- Plus500 - Best for Ease of Use
- Markets.com - 3.5 Stars
Germany Forex Brokers Comparison
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How to Verify BaFin Authorisation
To identify if a forex broker is authorised by BaFin, the first step is to identify the BaFin registration number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's homepage. For example, here's the key disclosure text from IG’s website,
IG Markets Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA Registry Number 195355). The IG Europe GmbH is supervised by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin registration number 148759) and the German Central Bank. IG is a brand name of IG Markets Ltd.
Next, look up the registration number on the financial register available on BaFin’s website to validate that the broker is currently authorized in Germany.
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