It sold binary options on assets including foreign exchange. It was barred from accepting U. The company operated an online trading website through which customers could buy binary options, predicting whether the price of a certain commodity will go up or down in a specific time period, as short as 60 seconds. The Wall Street Journal described it as “a website that allows people to bet on the price of gold, oil or stocks”. Customers did not own the asset but instead predicted whether its price would rise or fall. Cyprus, along with ET Binary Options Ltd. Israel and the Republic of Seychelles, collectively conducted business internationally as Banc De Binary.
In an interview, the company’s founder also claimed that by June 2011 the company had around 20,000 client accounts, In a 2014 court case Banc De Binary claimed that it “is a small company, with approximately 60 employees”. An article in the Independent on Sunday described it as a “leading City trading firm”, although it did not have an office in the City of London, and the address the company gave was a virtual office space with no physical presence. 10,000 for “crisis management” of the BdB page on Wikipedia. However, the reputational damages and legal ramifications were significant for BdB’s Cypriot based operations.
A company official announced on January 9, 2017 that the company would be closing because of “consistently negative press” coverage. It’s just not worth the tarnished reputation. I don’t see how we can continue operating under such scrutiny and public image,” said the official. The Times of Israel reported that some industry insiders were skeptical that Banc De Binary was really closing, but was rather relocating and changing its name.
August judgement from the Cyprus Ombudsman was still awaiting payment as of January 11, 2017. On June 6, 2013, Banc De Binary was charged by both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged violations of U. On July 30, 2013, the SEC obtained a preliminary injunction from U. District Court for the District of Nevada to prevent and freeze any further trading with U. Banc De Binary at first refused to appear in court in the United States for depositions. Binary trading in the United States is legal, but it needs to be done through properly registered and regulated exchanges such as NADEX. Banc De Binary is voluntarily discontinuing its operations in the United States.
The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission have asserted that Banc De Binary is not permitted to offer its binary option products to U. We are currently in discussions with the CFTC and SEC about these issues, but in the interim, we have discontinued all business with U. 11 million in restitution and penalties to settle this case. The settlement agreement requires Banc De Binary to refund the losses of US customers. Refunds are being handled by the National Futures Association as court-appointed monitor. In 2018 Leonel Alexis Valerio Santana and Frank Gregory Cedeno were charged in a U. They allegedly impersonated SEC employees promising to help victims of Banc De Binary’s scams obtain repayment of lost funds.
Shah and Zilmil advertised trading schemes by Banc de Binary and 15 other companies to traders in the U. Shah also offered automatic trading systems, including the “Millionaire Money Machine” which Shah knew, according to his emails, did not produce the advertised results. Within the European Union, the company was regulated by the CySEC. In the UK, Daily Mail newspaper journalist Tony Hetherington reported allegations that Banc De Binary withdrew funds from the accounts of two clients without authorization. Banc De Binary has since denied any wrongdoing. 31 complaints had been made against it, including 9 of which were unanswered.
The BBB report also wrote that the “site essentially allows investors to gamble on the future price of something at a point in time”. It appears on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “List of Unregistered Soliciting Entities That Have Been the Subject of Investor Complaints”. In Canada, it is listed on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investors Warning List of “companies that appear to be engaging in activities that may pose a risk to investors”. Binary trading group winds down after regulatory issues”. Inside the high stakes world of online investing: binary options”. Exclusive: Banc De Binary to Close Down”.
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