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Peace of Mind
We work to give investors peace of mind that they are working with a reputable brokerage firm and their interest are protected.
IFRA Membership has its benefits. Namely, your investors know that you are a fully regulated and certified firm.
Exceed Government Regulations
Government regulators around the world have many different regulations. IFRA takes the best protections of Gov. regulators around the world and require our members to meet or exceed those regulations.
We work to ensure investors in the futures industry are fully protected with the confidence that there brokers are fully certified.
While our main office is located in Chicago, we protect investors globally. If you need us, the mediation or arbitration will take place in your local region.
The Independent Financial Regulatory Authority (IFRA) is the most comprehensive Global authority for the futures and financial Industry. We work to ensure investors are protected by either a governmental agency or IFRA. We also allow investors to locate a broker by name to identify whether the broker is regulated by a local, regional or national governmental authority, or regulated and certified by IFRA.
IFRA is independent of all Governmental agencies. Because we are independent the policies and brokerage firms regulated by IFRA are more stringently scrutinized. If a brokerage firm receives IFRA certified status, investors can be assured that the firm has met the highest standards of the financial regulatory industry. Brokers that do not have an IFRA certification are not covered by IFRA investor protections.
Investors that invest in firms certified by IFRA are eligible for many services. Chief among these protections are free mediation and/or arbitration. If an investor has a complaint against one of our certified brokers, IFRA will then work to mediate the complaint. If arbitration services are needed, IFRA will retain a law firm in the investors region to work on behalf of the investor and present the legal bill to the brokerage firm. This policy gives the brokerage firm the incentive to work with our mediation department to prevent complaints from going to the arbitration stage.
Governmental regulatory authorities regulate the financial industry in their area only. Please note that if an individual wishes to do business with a financial firm that is NOT regulated by their local, regional or national authorities, that individual MUST agree to indemnify the brokerage firm essentially signing a waiver as a FREE HUMAN BEING protected by the United Nations Human rights agreements. Essentially all persons of legal age may enter into a legal contractual agreements with entities either foreign or domestic. According the international human rights agreements, "All human rights are indivisible, whether they are civil and political rights, such as the right to life, equality before the law and freedom of expression; economic, social and cultural rights, such as the rights to work, social security and education , or collective rights, such as the rights to development and self-determination, are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent."
IFRA operates internationally, we works to combine the best of the regulatory laws into our regulatory policies to ensure investors are protected should we need to file on their behalf in their local, regional or national jurisdiction. Because we work to combine the most government regulations the contractual laws are respected. In a rouge country, where they have no financial laws or to many or confusing financial laws leading the country to believe they are superior to international norms then the investor and firm must abide by the IFRA mediation and/or arbitration results.
Investors are to work collaboratively with their local financial adviser, tax attorney and their brokerage firm to ensure tax laws in the investors region are followed. Taxes can be confusing but IFRA does not involve it self in the tax laws of 196 countries. Please work with your local financial adviser, tax attorney and brokerage to ensure you are following your local tax laws.