Release Number 7663-17

December 15, 2017

CFTC Adds 21 Names to Its List of Foreign Entities that Illegally Solicit U.S. Residents to Trade Binary Options and Forex

RED List Identifies Entities Operating Illegally

Washington, DC — As part of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) ongoing efforts to help protect Americans from fraud, today the CFTC added 21 new names to the Registration Deficient List (RED List). These 21 new additions bring the total number of foreign entities on the RED List to 125. 

The RED List, launched in September 2015 (see CFTC Press Release 7224-15) identifies unregistered foreign entities that the CFTC has reason to believe are soliciting and accepting funds from U.S. residents at a retail level for, among other things, trading in binary options or foreign currency (forex) and are required to register with the CFTC but, are not registered. 

Registration with the CFTC is no guarantee against fraud or mismanagement by an otherwise unscrupulous firm; however, registration does bring a higher level of security and accountability to the public. For example, registration enables the CFTC to examine whether firms meet minimum financial standards as well as disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements under the Commodity Exchange Act.

Additional entities have been added to the RED List in April 2016 and April 2017 (see CFTC Press Releases 7363-16 and 7551-17, respectively).  The RED List complements registration information available to the public on the National Futures Association website. (

CFTC shares the RED List with other government regulators, the media, consumer groups, industry participants, self-regulatory organizations, exchanges, and industry associations. 

The 21 new foreign entities added to the RED List are:


Astercap Ltd.

Fundix Inc.

Broker Official

Global Consulting Group


Goldex Technology Limited

B&K Investment

K2 Investing

Binary Mate

Markets The World

Binary Options Ltd.

Options Robot

Binary Options Robot

Signals Binary

Capital City Markets

Suomen Kerran LP d/b/a/ Finministry


Trade24 Global Ltd.

Finance Group Corp.

UTC Broker

Forward Option


See the complete list at RED List.

The following CFTC staff members are responsible for the RED List: Erica Bodin, Michelle Bougas, Larissa England, Hannah Huynh, Brigitte Weyls, and Rick Glaser.

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See CFTC’s Binary Options Customer Fraud Advisory

The CFTC has issued a Consumer Alert to warn about fraudulent schemes involving binary options and their trading platforms.  The Alert warns customers that the perpetrators of these unlawful schemes typically refuse to credit customer accounts, deny fund reimbursement, commit identity theft, and manipulate software to generate losing trades.

Customers can report suspicious activities or information, such as possible violations of commodity trading laws, to the CFTC Division of Enforcement via a Toll-Free Hotline 866-FON-CFTC (866-366-2382) or file a tip or complaint online.



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Dennis Holden



Last Updated: December 15, 2017