Regulatory Guide 227 - Over-the-counter contracts for difference: Improving disclosure for retail investors CPD
This guide is for those involved with the issue, sale or advertising of over-the-counter contracts for difference (OTC CFDs), margin forex and similar products to retail investors. It may also be of interest to issuers of exchange-traded CFDs.
It sets out guidelines for improved disclosure to retail investors to help them understand and assess these products. It also provides guidance on the advertising of OTC CFDs to retail investors.
ASIC has developed seven disclosure benchmarks for over-the-counter contracts for difference (OTC CFDs) that can help retail investors understand the risks associated with these products, assess their potential benefits and decide whether investment in the products is suitable for them: see RG 227.14–RG 227.17.
An issuer and those involved in the sale of CFDs should also ensure that advertising is consistent with information provided in disclosure documents: see RG 227.31–RG 227.34.
Existing issuers should refer to the benchmarks in new Product Disclosure Statements (PDSs), updated disclosure and ongoing disclosure on an ‘if not, why not’ basis.