The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) warns the public against the activities of Option-Direct, a company that offers highly risky investment instruments in Belgium without complying with Belgian financial legislation.
Option-Direct 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, Option-Direct 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 Option-Direct and against transferring money to any account number it might mention.
Option-Direct uses the website www.option-direct.com.
The FSMA recommends vigilance with regard to companies such as this one that 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).