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The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

CySecThe Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, better known as CySEC, is a financial regulatory authority in Cyprus. As you certainly know, Cyprus is a member state of the EU. Thus, the financial regulations and CySEC operations must comply with the legislation of the European Commission (MiFID).

Surely you have noticed that recently, a remarkable number of forex companies (brokers) and binary options brokers have received their regulations from CySEC. I think that most traders consider CySEC regulation as a quality indicator and as a way of not having to worry about one’s money. Besides, we’ve already written an article on the topic: Regulation of binary options brokers.

As I mentioned above, CySEC has experienced very strong growth in registrations and legislative changes in relation to specific financial services. This is also the reason why the changes are still under scrutiny and monitored by other EU regulatory authorities and securities dealers registered under CySEC.

History of CySEC

CySEC was established in 2001. After Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, CySEC simultaneously become part of European MiFID regulation, which gives companies registered in Cyprus access to all European markets. But by joining the EU and adopting the Euro has significantly changed the financial regulatory framework promoted by CySEC.

On May 4th, 2012, CySEC announced a change in policy regarding classification of binary options as financial instruments. This resulted in a fact that the binary options brokers operating in Cyprus (most of them are based in Cyprus) had to be regulated. Swearing themselves of being the first ones, but who knows where the truth lies.

At that moment, CySEC became the first financial regulatory authority that globally recognized and regulated binary option as a financial instrument. Couple of years later, even after the case in Netherlands, Czech National Bank has also decided on the same.

What is CySEC responsible for?

  • To supervise and control the operation of the Cyprus Stock Exchange and the transactions carried out in the Stock Exchange, its listed companies, brokers and brokerage firms.
  • Supervise and control licensed companies offering investment services, mutual funds, investment advisors and mutual funds management companies.
  • Further, it grants operating licenses to investment firms, including investment consultants, brokerage firms and brokers for trading binary options.
  • To impose administrative sanctions and disciplinary penalties to brokers, brokerage firms, investment consultants as well as to in any other legal or natural person whom fall under the provisions of the Stock Market legislation.

cysecImposing administrative sanctions means that the broker will be penalized for any proven unfair practices. I think, lately, the number of penalized brokers has decreased. I attribute it primarily to the fact that the brokers are trying to have a good reputation and not enter a “blacklist” of fined companies.

Have you ever heard about the broker OptionFair? Well, this broker has recently been fined by the Cypriot regulatory authority. It was a fine totalling € 138,000. This is a little different that getting a parking ticket, isn’t it?

Criticism on CySEC

During 2014 and 2015, CySEC was largely criticised, especially from retailers and industry commentators. They argued that the organization needs a better legislation governing the regulation and monitoring of high risk investment opportunities. Critics further argue that the fines levied by CySEC tend to be smaller than those awarded by other regulatory bodies in the EU. Most of the criticism was related to the binary options brokers.

Binary Options and CySEC

In fact, the vast majority of binary options brokers are regulated by CySEC. Brokers also need this license in order to legally operate any services within the Eurozone. Brokerage companies also know that a regulation by this regulatory body will gain them confidence of many European countries and merchants.

You can check whether the broker is regulated very easily. You should find it on the website of a broker or you could request a 5-digit number (a license number) through a customer support. Entering this number on the CySEC website should show you a valid license of the broker. Here is the URL of the website, if you want to have a look: http: //

If  the broker’s license can not be found on the website, then it is a sign that the broker is not fully regulated in the EU. This does not necessarily have to mean that your broker will rob you at the first possible opportunity. It might though.

What is the regulatory authority going to do next?

cysec-1CySEC is mainly going to make big changes in the registration and regulatory processes of all registered subjects. Changes include greater transparency concerning payments, tougher fines, suspension of brokers and revocation of their licenses. Indeed, some changes had occurred a few months ago, CySEC began to tighten the rules for binary options brokers; more about it here.

Interesting Facts:

  • Members of the five-member Board are appointed by the Council of Ministers based on a proposal by the Minister of Finance and are elected for five years.
  • CySEC was the first financial regulatory body, whose aim was to regulate binary options.

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12 Responses to “The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)”

  1. I have received the email below from
    a company calling itself Cysec. Is this the same As The Cyprus Securities Exchange Commission? I don’t want to be robbed again

    “This is to inform you about the trading experience you had with the controversial company TOTAL TRADER.
    After a serious investigations conducted by the FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATORS AND THE CYBER SECURITY NETWORK, there has been a breach of contract between most of the clients of TOTAL TRADER which result in the lost and mismanagement of clients investment by the company.
    The FINIACIAL MARKET REGULATIONS therefore task the CYBER SECURITY NETWORK to take legal actions against TOTAL TRADER which has led to the recovery of most of the investment lost by the ambitious clients with a compensation in addition to a damaged caused calculated back from the date clients invested with the company to when the court gave an order for the money to be refunded with all fees including the damage caused and compensation as well.
    I can assure you on authority that cysec has successfully recovered all your investment and all we need to do know is for you to pass few verification steps and then the money would be sent to any bank account you may provide us.
    We need you to send a photo of either your passport or drivers license for verification.
    Best regards.

    Financial secretary,
    Mrs S D Burke

    1. Myeni, it looks just like another scammy email, I suggest you do not reply to this email. I don’t think that CySEC themselves would email you just because. I might be wrong, but I think 99,9% I am right.

  2. Today we were contacted by a person Maria working for Sysec; We had to pay 8% penalties on our trader account.amount.
    we asked for documents wky whe were not working according to regulations; Is this scam ???


    1. Hello, thank you for sharing this message. I can’t say for sure it’s a scam, but I never heard of something like this. It’s really weird that the CYSEC “have a time” to contact traders and “charge them for money” for, let’s say nothing. I guess it’s some form of a scam. If there would be any problem I guess that they would contact you via letters or something like that. It seems really weird to me.

  3. I have been trading with AdvanceTraderoptions and when I requested to withdraw my payout yesterday they told me that I need to deposit $520 dollars into their bank account, and they call this withdrawal charges. Is this right? Because I feel like I’m being scammed. On their website it’s mentioned that CySEC is their regulator. Please help me.

    1. Hello, for sure that’s not normal! I never heard about something similar. It’s nonsense. Were you able to withdraw your money yet, or not? Let us know, thank you.

    1. Hello 🙂 What do you mean to pay fees? Like you want to pay an account manager to pay your fees? I think I didn’t get it. Let me know, so I can help you.

  4. Hello,

    I would like to know if you have been contacted by Cyprus Sec Commission.
    This is in regards of settlements if RTG tradings.
    Be careful of scam!


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