What Are the Chances a Forex Broker License Application is Rejected?

There is really a single reason that forex broker license applications are rejected, the reason may be a surprise to many!

As industry experts in the realm of forex broker licensing, our team has processed countless license applications over the years. During our initial discussions with potential clients, we are often asked how, and under what circumstances a forex broker license application could be rejected.

While other consulting firms are not so transparent, we remain of the opinion that no forex license application is ever fully guaranteed. The best that our team, or any consulting group, can do is increase the approval rate to as high of a percentage as possible. Given Atomiq Consulting’s extensive history in processing forex broker license applications, our approval rate often approaches the 99% level.

To dive right into the subject of this column, what are some of the reasons an application for an FX broker license can go wrong? There really is just a single answer, which may come as a surprise to many of our readers.

The Main Reason FX Broker License Applications are Rejected

Assuming the license applicant can meet the required criteria – financial adequacy, approved company structure, and a sound business plan – then there is no reason for an application to be rejected. But sometimes forex broker license applications are rejected. Why does this happen?

The main reason, which is very simple, is that nearly all of the rejections our team experienced were due to past complaints or issues with one of the shareholders or directors. As a subset, a complaint or unresolved dispute with another regulator has also contributed to an application being rejected. Furthermore, because our team was not made aware of these issues, we went into the application blind, only to discover what was already known.

What’s troubling about the above is that in some cases our team can work around a complaint or issue but if it is not made known to us, then there is little we can do.

How Can One Prevent a Forex Broker License Application from Being Rejected?

Given the above, the best way to prevent a forex broker license application from rejection is to be as transparent as possible about past complaints. Sometimes past issues are negligible and won’t make a difference; in other cases the complaint can be material but as previously mentioned our team may still be able to work around it by making adjustments. The major takeaway here is to avoid intentionally hiding or attempting to cover up a past issue or complaint.

Many license applicants assume a regulatory authority located in an obscure jurisdiction like Seychelles, Mauritius, or Vanuatu is simply not sophisticated enough to discover past complaints, or they simply don’t care. Both assumptions are costly mistakes to make as our experience has shown. Any regulatory body that offers licensing in the forex & CFD space with will be able to determine if a broker has had previous issues; trying to sneak this by them is a recipe for rejection.

Atomiq Consulting – Expertise in Forex Broker Licensing

Founded in 2014, our team has processed and received approval for dozens of applications for a global base of clients. If you are interested in applying for a forex broker license, we are the ideal partner to guide you through the process.

To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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