Binary Options brokerage TDOptions the trading name of TDO Consulting Ltd. has been fined a total of €50,000 by CySEC for offering investment services from Cyprus without having the necessary investment firm licence as required by Cypriot law. The announcement on the CySEC website suggested that TDO Consulting had been offering investment services from Cyprus up until the 3rd of December.
Back in May 2012, CySEC became the first European Union regulatory to start regulating over-the-counter Binary Option products. All Binary Options providers operating from Cyprus were then required to apply for a licence in the preceding five months or face potential action by the regulators. I believe that TDOptions are the first Binary Options firm to be have been fined in such a manner since the announcement of the regulatory changes made back in May 2012.
Cyprus has since become a magnet for financial services firms attracted by the low rates of corporation tax and the tool of financial services talent located on the island. Up until the May 2012 announcement regarding the announcement of Binary Options regulation, Cyprus had become the number one destination for those running Binary Option platforms. Since the regulatory changes a number of platforms moved their operations from the Island, however Cyprus can boast a number of regulated Binary Option brands including an not limited to TopOption, Banc de Binary and SpotOption the biggest white label provider of Binary options solutions.
It will be interesting to see whether CySEC takes further action against Binary Option platforms operating from the Island after the deadline for licence applications. Binary Options regulation is a relatively new thing and it will be interesting to see how the landscape develops and whether any other European regulators begin to follow the suit of CySEC.
Recently, CySEC regulated Banc de Binary was sanctioned by US regulatory authorities for operating in the United States without the proper authorization. With it being reported that other Binary Option providers were also operating within the United States, it will be interesting to see whether the US regulators take any further action against other firms. In any case expect to hear more developments in regards to Binary Options regulations.