ASIC to extend CFD trading leverage restrictions to 2031

The Australian regulator has proposed an extension to its product intervention order imposing conditions on the issue and distribution of CFDs to retail clients until 1 April 2031 or revocation.

The order came into effect on 29 March 2021 and will expire on 23 May 2022 unless it is extended.

ASIC’s product intervention order has reduced CFD leverage, standardised margin close-out arrangements, protect against negative account balances and prohibited CFD providers from giving certain inducements to retail clients.


The Aussie watchdog noted that for the first three months since the order took effect, ASIC has seen significant improvements in key metrics of retail client losses from CFD trading. The regulator stated that retail clients’ net losses from CFD trading decreased 94% of the quarterly average of $372 million in the year prior to the product intervention order to $22 million. There were fewer loss-making retail client accounts and the average losses made by loss-making retail client accounts was also reduced.

Moreover, half of the accounts are making profit opposed to only 36% on quarterly average during the previous year.

The product intervention order, restricting CFD leverage offered to retail clients, was made in October 2020 after ASIC discovered that CFDs have led to significant losses to clients.

In August, the regulator published its new four-year corporate plan outlining monitoring compliance for CFDs and binary options as a priority for ASIC.


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