INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES LICENSES IN BELIZE:  Broker License - Forex Broker License
   

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INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES LICENSES IN BELIZE:  Broker License - Forex Broker License

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES LICENSES IN BELIZE

International financial services business is regulated in Belize by the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC). Different kinds of financial services, including trading in foreign exchange, in securities and financial instruments as well as brokerage, consultancy and advisory services for these can be carried out by an International Business Company (IBC) registered in Belize, provided it holds a respective license.

   

1.  Types of Licenses

he following types of licenses can be of particular interest to forex brokers and traders:

  • Trading in Foreign Exchange (Forex, FX)

  • Trading in Financial Commodity-Based Derivative Instruments and Other Securities (futures, options, interest rates, shares, stock, contracts for differences etc.)

  • Brokerage, Consultancy and Advisory Services in any financial services

If you are engaged in:

  • International Asset Protection and Management

  • Money Transmission Services

  • Payment Processing Services

  • Money Brokering

  • Money Lending and Pawning

  • Money Exchange

  • Safe Custody Services

then a respective license for any of the said activities can also be applied for.

2. Requirements and Procedures

Any Belize IBC can apply for a financial license mentioned in Section 1 to carry out the respective activities. However, the applicant company is expected to meet certain requirements, prescribed by the IFSC. In particular:

  • Directors of the company should have proper knowledge and expertise in the business that the company is planning to carry on.

  • b. Shareholders of the company must ensure proper capitalization of the company. The minimum paid-up capital requirements can be found in Section 3 of this document. The capital has to be fully paid-up and deposited in a bank account opened in Belize remaining there unimpaired for as long as the License is valid.

  • c. The application should be supported by certain information, including:

(i) the business plan, projected financial forecasts for the first five years, Anti-Money Laundering and Customer Acceptance Policies, all documents having been prepared in accordance with regulatory requirements;

(ii)bank confirmation that the statutory capital has been paid;

(iii) payment of the government application and license fees as detailed in Section 3

  • d. The Company is not required to have an operational office or hire staff in Belize.

3. Statutory Capital and Government Fees (in US$)

No

Type of License

Registrar of Companies Fee*

IFSC

Application Fee

IFSC Annual License Fee

Paid-Up Capital

1.  

Trading in Forex Exchange

1,000

500

5,000

100,000

2.  

Trading in Financial Commodity-Based Derivative Instruments and Other Securities

1,000

500

5,000

100,000

3.  

International Asset Protection and Management

100

500

2,500

25,000

4.  

Money Transmission Services

100

500

2,500

50,000

5.  

Payment Processing Services

100

500

2,500

50,000

6.  

Money Brokering

100

500

2,500

50,000

7.  

Money Lending and Pawning

100

500

2,500

50,000

8.  

Money Exchange

1,000

500

2,500

75,000

9.  

Safe Custody Services

100

500

2,500

25,000

10.                 

Brokerage, Consultancy & Advisory Services in any of the above

100

500

2,500

25,000

*Where the authorized share capital of the company is in excess of US$50,000, then the fee payable to the Registrar of Companies is US$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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