ITC FOREX provides legal information for clients to review before trading Forex, CFDs or any other financial product available.

Please ensure to read all legal documentation before opening a live trading account with ITC FOREX.

General Advice Warning

The information in this website is of a ‘general’ nature only and may contain advice that is not based on your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You should therefore consider how appropriate the advice (if any) is to those objectives, financial situation and needs, before acting on the advice.

FCA Regulatory Benchmarks

ITC FOREX is authorised to operate a financial services business in United Kindom, under its Financial Services Licence.

As an OTC derivative provider, ITC FOREX is required to adhere to key disclosure benchmarks set out by our corporate regulator, the Saint Vincent Regulation. ITC FOREX adheres to the seven disclosure benchmarks for over-the-counter contracts for difference that can help retail investors understand the risks associated with these products, assess their potential benefits and decide whether investment in the products is suitable for them.

ITC FOREX have a compliance management system in place and strive to achieve above and beyond what are considered to be minimum compliance requirements.

Hedging Policy

ITC FOREX maintains prudent risk management practices. Among other considerations, this involves the monitoring and surveillance of global markets, key risk events, and the trading activity of our clients. In general terms, we refer to this as the management of Market Risk. One way we manage market risk is by Hedging. This means that we may buy or sell the same instrument (but not necessarily of the same volume), to an external counterparty, known as a Liquidity Provider or Hedging Counterparty. If we choose not to hedge, we may be exposed to the outcome of the clients trading activity.

Factors which impact ITC FOREX decision to hedge may include, but are not limited to:

Internalisation of Trades

We are sometimes in a position where we may not need to hedge, (or we can hedge a smaller amounts) because we have both buyers and sellers of the same instrument or ‘offsetting’ trades.

Toxicity of Flow

Trades that are deemed to be predatory in nature, by deploying techniques including, but not limited to, latency arbitrage, the targeting high impact news events, or seeking to manipulate available liquidity.

The amount of funds deposited may indicate a need to hedge all trades given it may represent large trade volume from an account(s) than permitted by our internal risk management policies.

Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of our hedging policy. This policy is subject to change without notice.

Client Funds

We do not use client funds as capital, including working capital or for business purposes such as office rent, utilities and employee payroll and do not use retail client funds for counterparty margining obligations. Wholesale client funds may be used for counterparty margining obligations.

We perform daily and monthly reconciliations of the amount of reportable client money that, according to our records, we are required to hold in a client money account against the amount of reportable client money we are actually holding in that account.

We keep accurate records of the reconciliations we perform and will provide copies of these records to our clients within five business days of a written request (or such longer period as may be agreed in writing).

Margin Calls

ITC FOREX operates an automated “Margin Call” mechanism in an effort to mitigate the risk of a client’s account falling into negative equity.

In order to maintain a position or a trade, your cash balance after running losses (equity) must not fall below 50% of the required margin. A breach of this threshold will result in the closure of your position(s), with the largest losing position/trade closed first. Before your trade(s) is closed, a warning will be issued on your trading platform if your account equity breaches 80% of your margin required, by means of red highlighting on your trade(s).

While this automated margin call process acts as a protection for both client and provider, market volatility, particularly surrounding news events, may result in additional losses. Holding a trade over the weekend may increase the risk of a ‘gap’ in price action, thereby triggering a margin call event at a lower level than the 50% threshold.