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In a significant development for Kenya’s burgeoning online forex trading sector, the government has swiftly instituted a novel regulatory fee affecting all online forex brokers. This measure, effective immediately, is poised to bolster the revenue stream of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) while fortifying safeguards for currency traders.

Under the new regulation, both dealing and non-dealing online forex brokers are mandated to remit an annual fee equivalent to 3% of their gross trading revenue to the CMA. The primary objective of this fee is to underwrite the costs associated with regulating the online forex trading industry and, crucially, to heighten protections for investors.

The CMA has taken proactive steps by establishing a dedicated working group tasked with formulating additional standards. These standards are designed to shield consumers by ensuring comprehensive disclosures and promoting investor education within the online forex trading landscape.

This move comes at a juncture marked by a growing fascination with forex trading among Kenyan citizens, coupled with the CMA’s concerted efforts to mitigate risks linked to Contract for Differences (CFDs) products.

While the onus of the new regulatory fee falls on online forex brokers, it remains to be seen whether these costs will be transferred to traders through elevated fees or reduced commissions. Kenyan currency traders, however, stand to gain from augmented protection facilitated by the CMA, including improved disclosures and a heightened focus on investor education.

The regulatory shift is aligned with the broader objective of fostering responsible and transparent forex trading practices in Kenya. Notably, the CMA’s commitment to industry growth and investor protection is underscored by the formation of the Technical Working Group, whose recommendations form the basis of this new regulatory fee.

As Kenya’s online forex trading market anticipates the ripple effects of these regulations, the overarching goal remains to instill a positive impact on the industry. The CMA’s dedication to balancing growth with investor safeguards positions these developments as a crucial stride towards a more robust and secure forex trading landscape in Kenya.

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By: Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst
28th November, 2023

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