Today, CySec released a memo of companies that have been approved to recieve Cyprus Investment Firm authorization. The list includes
- S.O Spotoption Limited
- FXRidge Ltd
- Impetus FX Limited
- MfxBroker Limited
- Sonaf Business Ltd
- Arturiana Holdings Ltd
From the list we recognize binary options provider SpotOption which received a binary options market maker license from CySec back in May. CySec regulates binary options using same rules as for forex licensing.
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As for the other five names, the other company that is interesting is MfxBroker. A look at MfxBroker.com leads to an under construction site. However, you can find a test site http://test1704.mfxbroker.com with the same logos and color. This website represents a KROUFR regulated Forex & CFD Broker located in Saint Petersburg. Digging deeper, you will also find a Facebook page that is in Spanish and refers to the company as Master Forex, but does have recent posts from Cyprus based Facebook Accounts. As such, the current incarnation appears to be a new venture from the group of MasterForex.org. (same colors, logo, etc).
We reached out to Master Forex who verified that the mfxbroker.com is a new domain name of theirs. However, they wouldn’t release information on whether the new mfxbroker.com domain is part of a complete rebranding of the company, where it sheds its .org TLD, or simply the creation of a new brand. Master Forex did admit that it was seeking European regulation.