I came across this article and the end part which I have copied below caught me eye.
Australian regulations under fire
In the wake of the global financial crisis, the United States put a handbrake on the retail foreign exchange industry, limiting it to a maximum leverage ratio of 50:1.
However, in Australia, foreign currency brokers are offering leverage ratios of up to 500:1.
Associate Professor Mark Crosby from the Melbourne Business School told the ABC last month there was no place for leveraged retail foreign exchange trading platforms in Australia.
“I think they should not be available to retail investors at all, and I certainly don’t think they should be promoted to retail investors,” he said.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says the question of greater controls is one for Government, but it has repeatedly warned consumers that leveraged foreign exchange trading is a risky product.
However, victims of the Swiss franc meltdown argue that ASIC should have policed the industry more thoroughly.
“I’ve felt ASIC, acting as the Australian regulator for these financial institutions, should really take partial responsibility for the current mess,” an FXCM client told the ABC.
“We need ASIC to provide a safe, comfortable environment for any leveraged financial product for people to trade. Because this time it happened in the currency space, but who knows what is the next time bomb?”
Well f#%k me – what a surprise. The fact that someone got belted by trading positions that are far too large for their account is someone else’s problem. My head will fall off the day someone says – yep completely screwed that up, my fault entirely. Don’t hold your breath.