ExpertOption Review - Not Recommended Broker

Written by
Adam N.
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Updated
May 2024

Summary

 

ExpertOption is an offshore broker that was established in 2014 and operates in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It offers stocks, forex, and cryptocurrencies for trading. Although it is regulated by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) and the Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FMRRC), in our opinion these are not top-tier regulators.

We do not recommend trading with this broker.

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ExpertOption overview
Regulation VFSC, FMRRC
Foundation date 2014
Annual financial statements published No
S&P credit rating No
Big 4 auditor No
Listed on stock exchange No
Banking background No
Investor protection No

Regulation

The legal entity behind ExpertOption is called EOLabs LLC, which is registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is regulated by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) and the Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FMRRC). However, these authorities are not considered to be top-tier regulators, so we at BrokerChooser do not recommend trading with this provider.

Main issues

ExpertOption has numerous issues why we don't recommend you use it for trading:

  • It is an offshore company operating in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and although it is regulated, we consider the VFSC and FMRRC to be not top-tier regulators.
  • It provides no investor protection.
  • It has no banking background.
  • It does not publish financial statements regularly.
  • We found no information about its auditor or pricing policy.

 

How to get your money back

If you get scammed by a broker, you have a few options you can try to get your money back:

  • You can turn to your bank and file a chargeback request.
  • You can take legal action and issue a so-called Mareva (or freezing) injunction against the company.
  • If the broker has a financial regulatory body, you can also report the scam to them.

How to spot if a broker is a scam?

There is a higher likelihood that a broker might be a scam if:

  • it is not regulated at all
  • it is regulated under a jurisdiction widely seen as an offshore haven (e.g. Vanuatu or St. Lucia)
  • it is featured on a warning list of a top-tier regulator (e.g. the UK’s FCA, or the SEC in the US)

 

If you would like to know more about scams, how to avoid them, and how to get your money back, read our Forex trading scams page.

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Adam Nasli
Author of this article
I bring extensive financial expertise as one of BrokerChooser's earliest team members. Personally, I tested nearly all 100+ brokers on our site, opening real-money accounts, executing trades, assessing customer services, and providing firsthand assessment. My professional background includes roles in the banking sector and a degree from Central European University, where I teach finance. My passions lies in in-depth research of the financial industry, building trading algorithms, and managing long-term investments.
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