The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) warns the public against the activities of DeutscheMarkets, a company that offers highly risky investment instruments in Belgium without complying with Belgian financial legislation.
DeutscheMarkets is not an authorized investment firm or credit institution in Belgium. It is therefore not allowed to provide banking and/or investment services in or from Belgium.
Furthermore, certain investment instruments that this company offers, i.e. binary options, are speculative and involve significant risks, with the investor in such products running the risk of losing the entire amount invested. The FSMA already published a warning in May 2014 about the risks associated with binary options.
Finally, DeutscheMarkets has not published a prospectus approved by the FSMA, as is required before any public offering of investment instruments may be made within the territory of Belgium.
The FSMA therefore strongly advises against responding to any offers of financial services or to any public offers of investment instruments made by DeutscheMarkets and against transferring money to any account number it might mention.
DeutscheMarkets uses the website www.deutschemarkets.net.
In its terms and conditions, DeutscheMarkets refers to Deutsche Asset Management (UK) Limited, a company authorized by the FCA. This reference is, however, a case of identity theft, since the two aforementioned companies have no connection to each other. This practice is typical of the fraud mechanism known as a “cloned firm”: someone steals the identity of existing persons or companies (a lawyer, registered company, etc.), in order to give the appearance of trustworthiness or legitimacy, and thereby to convince investors.
The FSMA recommends vigilance with regard to companies such as this one which offer binary options or other risky investment instruments. Always verify that any company which is offering you financial services has the requisite authorization. For more recommendations, please consult the general warning published by the FSMA on 25 September 2015 on its website.
If you wish to check in general whether a proposed transaction complies with the financial regulations, please use the search function (available in Dutch and French only) on the website of the FSMA. You can also contact the FSMA (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org).