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It is interesting to point out that contracts for difference are not currently permitted to by USA residents (and citizens?) due to restrictions by the Securities and Exchange Commission on over-the-counter financial instruments. This is kind of odd given they rule trading in many other markets in the global market place now and replaced much of the need to trade options for leverage, so in part it’s to protect the options market revenues in the USA I guess, and protect them from those ‘evil derivatives that will be the end of the world’, CDO’s are much safer huh. Given the current overreaction on regulations on trading in the USA it’s not expected CFDs will get the green light anytime soon as the leverage provides the potential to stuff up in spectacular fashion if you get it wrong, as in futures. So why exactly aren’t CFDs available for trading? The main reason why CFD trading is not available to US traders is because it is against US securities law. Over the counter financial instruments, such as CFDs, are heavily regulated through legislation like the Dodd Frank Act and enforced by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). This power was granted under Title Vii of the act when CFDs were defined as either a swap or securities based swap, unless otherwise excluded. Q:Will CFDs ever be allowed in the USA? A: Well, in the States you have the exchanges that are protected by the government and who have a very strong lobby there as well, so a private client has to trade a product traded on an exchange. Currently the USA regulatory regime excludes the availability of CFDs. The answer on whether this will change will probably be that if they do not allow CFDs, then the USA exchanges will continue draining liquidity and volume as USA equity trading moves to more favorable centers (for instance Goldman quotes US equity CFDs to some CFD providers out of London but cannot do the same for their USA clients in the States!). This when the USA prides itself on its capitalistic outlook… Will CFDs Ever be Available to Americans? After the financial collapse of 2008 there has been a great demand for increased market regulation. Given the current regulatory environment in the United States, there are no expectations for CFDs to be available for trading soon. While regulations can always be changed or amended, until that point, CFDs will remain unavailable for US traders.