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How To Conduct Due Diligence On A Managed Forex Account

Jul. 10, 2013 4:07 AM ET1 Comment
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A managed FX account is a excellent way to get into the forex market without having to find out all about it. On the other hand, it can be a fantastic way to get into the forex trading market as you are able to learn at your own tempo at the same time as generating a good revenue.

You will find hundreds of managed forex companies to select from if you make a search on the internet. Not all of them are regulated, most of them aren't. They don't have to be controlled or regulated to trade forex for you but those that are, are adding an extra layer of validity to their firm by aiming to stick to existing forex sector protocols. I like to opt for regulated businesses if I can find suitable ones. There are probably many excellent traders that aren't regulated and I may well put money into them in the future if my additional due diligence has been carried out well.

Below are the main due diligence issues that should be undertaken before investing in a managed account.

Is The Brokerage Regulated?

The brokers must be regulated. You would prefer to have the regulatory body with you if you experience any problems with the brokerage firm. This indicates that you will boast a much greater possibility of getting your cash returned if in the improbable event of any major difficulties. Firstly, search for a number that is registered on their website. Drop them an email or call them to inquire if they don't have one. After you acquire the number, get hold of the regulators and enquire about the brokers standing. You could also verify the details by checking the regulatory body's website.

Track Record of the Trader

How long have the traders been operating? I prefer to make sure that they have been trading for at least 2 years, but the longer the better. You can request past records from the company. They may send you their trading track records if they are not already presented on their website, or maybe they will point you towards an online investigative website like myfxbook.com, fxstat.com or ta.fxcorporate.com. Traders actually connect their live accounts to these websites enabling everyone to examine them whenever they want.

Be conscious of the fact that upcoming performance may not be as good as past accounts. It does mean that the dealers could perform well in the time to come and they are a skilled trading corporation.

3rd Party Audits

Have a look on the managed foreign exchange firm's web site and search for a third party audit. If the website hasn't got one on it, you could email the firm and request a copy from them. If they have an audit, you can go one step further and verify it with the audit business themselves. You could check to see if the audit firm is controlled too.

If they don't have a 3rd party audit, they may have an account at one of the online investigative tool web sites. These investigative web sites act as online audits, as well as showing trading history. You can visit these websites, the primary one being myfxbook.com, and check that the trading business has a verified account.


The fx management team should be willing to respond to all of your enquiries. If you feel that they are holding back on something then I would not opt for that company. They should offer information on all of the above due diligence at the minimum and any other difficulties. You will soon detect if they are being frank or not after chatting with them.

Management of Risk

It is inescapable that there will be drawdowns on your account. This is how much the account dips from it uppermost peak. Good managed fx businesses will have a drawdown limit. It is all dependent on the depositor's distinctive risk profile as to how great a drawdown that they are willing to take. If the drawdown limit is realised, the dealer will either exit the deal or hedge the position to make sure no more losses are taken. There are certain managed funds that incorporate a stop loss on single positions.

If all of the above assiduousness is followed, then you should feel content in the comprehension that you have appreciably enhanced your chances of creating a excellent return in the time ahead.

You can discover much more about investing in a managed forex account by visiting my review site www.acorn2oak-fx.com

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