Forex Merchant Accounts

Savvy money-changers since ancient times have understood that, within the difference between the values of two nations’ currencies, there is profit to be made. However, it hasn’t been until the Information Age that the average investor has been able to use the minute-by-minute fluctuations in exchange rates to produce a return on his starting capital. Because no nation has jurisdiction over another’s currency, the forex market has remained largely free of regulation – though individual countries can still pass legislation dictating how their citizens can interact with that global market. In the US, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) successfully implemented a ban on the use of credit cards to fund retail forex trading; this prohibition took effect in January of last year.

While we cannot secure merchant accounts for stock and currency trading, we love working with businesses that provide software and educational tools!

Does that mean that forex card processing accounts are no longer necessary? Not necessarily. The CFTC credit card ban does not apply to debit cards – the ban was first introduced to protect amateur investors from falling deep into debt as a result of poor trades, but this is not a concern with debit cards, which permit investors to draw funds directly from their checking accounts. Moreover, if an international forex broker does business with investors outside of the US, those clients still have the legal right to use their credit cards to fund their investments. Payment cards, whether debit or credit, remain the quickest way for investors to fund their accounts – and when a matter of minutes can mean the difference between a beneficial exchange rate and a losing one, clients want lightning-fast transactions.

Still – as any broker has almost certainly had to explain to their clients – the choice with the best payoff isn’t always easy. Payment card processing companies tend to regard retail forex merchant accounts as “very high risk” clients. This is partly due to unscrupulous actions on the part of some forex brokers who over-promised their clients high returns with low risk, or who crossed the line into outright fraud and gambling. In addition, the US government has already demonstrated its willingness to pass legislation regulating the way retail forex investment can be conducted, so the threat of further regulations here or similar bans abroad make offering merchant accounts to forex brokers a risky proposition for financial institutions. Generally speaking, when it comes to any kind of investment service, advice, or consulting, credit card processing companies are very skittish, because of the threat of disputed charges from dissatisfied investors and the potential for fraud.

When payment processors consider your industry “very high risk,” it becomes impossible for you to find an institution willing to accept your application – and even if they do, the rates they offer on your forex merchant account are going to be much, much, much higher than those enjoyed by even “high risk” businesses. Moreover, some of the terms and restrictions required of high risk merchant accounts, such as rolling reserves and processing limits, can hinder your ability to take advantage of beneficial market conditions that are time-sensitive.

Because of these and other legal reasons, we cannot provide merchant accounts for forex or stock trading industries.  These markets are too akin to gambling and the chance or a bad decision being made on credit is just too large.  We do, however, provide merchant accounts for financial and forex education of all types: Forex Software, Seminars, How to Guides.  You name it, if it’s for education we have you covered!