Spread-betting groups look east amid regulatory crackdown

As regulators toughen up on spread-betting firms, the race is on to replicate the Japanese model

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Bright idea: the rules came into force in Japan in 2010, yet Japanese firms are the largest FX/CFD retail brokers globally

The regulatory clampdown on providers of contracts for difference (CFD) in Europe could benefit the largest brokers in the space, a number of which are seeking to replicate the Japanese retail model as the continent’s attractiveness dims.

The retail spread-betting market and CFDs in particular have been under attack lately from European regulators, launching a slew of protective measures such as maximum leverage ratios and, in some cases, outright bans of the product being considered.

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