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Trading forex (currencies) in Malaysia is popular among residents. While any internationally regulated forex broker can accept clients from Malaysia, it is an additional benefit to also hold a Capital Markets Services License (CMSL) from the Securities Commission of Malaysia (SCM), which is the financial regulatory body in Malaysia. SCM's website is sc.com.my. We recommend Malaysian residents follow the SCM on Twitter, @SecComMY.
Established in 1993, SCM is Malaysia's financial markets regulatory body. In April 2018, SCM issued guidelines for Contracts for Difference (CFD) providers including brokers offering derivatives, under the Capital Markets Services Act of 2007, which will become effective July 1st 2018. As a result, we expect more regional brokers will register with SCM in order to acquire a CMSL. For a historical breakdown, here's a link to the Securities Commission Malaysia's webpage on Wikipedia.
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 65% and 82% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Best Forex Brokers Malaysia
To find the best forex brokers in Malaysia, we created a list of all internationally regulated forex brokers, then ranked brokers by their Overall ranking. Here is our list of the top forex brokers in Malaysia.
- IG - Best overall broker 2021, most trusted
- Saxo Bank - Best for research, trusted global brand
- Interactive Brokers - Great for professionals and institutions
- XTB - Best customer service, great trading platform
- FOREX.com - Great all-round offering
- eToro - Best copy trading platform
- AvaTrade - Multiple trading platform options
Malaysian Forex Brokers Comparison
Compare Malaysian authorised forex and CFDs brokers side by side using the forex broker comparison tool or the summary table below. This broker list is sorted by the firm's ForexBrokers.com Overall ranking.
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How to Verify SCM Authorisation
To identify if a forex broker is regulated by SCM, the first step is to identify the register number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's Malaysia homepage.
Next, look up the firm on the SCM website to validate the current regulatory status of the broker in Malaysia. Here is the official page with the public register of license holders on SCM.
It's also worth noting that Bank Negara Malaysia, which is the Central Bank of Malaysia that regulates money service businesses and forex dealers, issued guidelines for digital currencies (cryptocurrency) requiring companies to comply when dealing with crypto assets.
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