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    Default Screw Dodd/Frank...I want a way around these rules

    This is so aggravating not being able to trade with higher than 50:1 leverage, and more importantly, not being able to hedge trades!

    We U.S. traders have been getting hammered by unnecessary regulations the last few years.

    I want to ask if anybody has done this or has knowledge about this?...

    What would be the best way to get a foreign corporation setup in another country, set up a bank account, fund that account, and then applying to my preferred overseas brokerage as a foreign corporation?

    I've seen on many brokers websites that they do not accept U.S. citizens unless you are applying as a foreign corporation, then it doesn't matter if you are a U.S. citizen. I just need to make sure to report all profits/losses to IRS as the funds come back in to the country.

    I'm just not well versed in this area.

    Maybe even one of you knows a law office that would be familiar with all of this so I can call and get legal help.

    I trade with over 500k USD in capital.

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    Agreed I dont care about 50:1 thats more than enough for me but I hate being regulated as hard as we are here. Then I hate more listening to cnbc and hearing about stocks and oh this is a good trade but I have a hedge on it yeah WTF. Your in america onAmerican TV saying this and there all good but me oh hell no cant happen. Its just a way to stomp on the little guy so we have to keep our money in this country. We complain about how undervalued china is well did the government ever think instead of fighting them join them and do the same here. Guess what you just accomplished the same thing with less effort. Also been said along time ago we need smaller government and have to get rid of the fed reserve. We already pay more taxes than most countries why are we held on a chain to make money when inevitably the more money we make the better our economy and the more we pay in taxes.
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    They regulate to justify their "government" office. We're feeding a monster in the US, IMO.

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    LOL

    If it ain't broke, break it so you can fix it.. oh wait, nevermind, they never fix anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrevDawg View Post

    What would be the best way to get a foreign corporation setup in another country, set up a bank account, fund that account, and then applying to my preferred overseas brokerage as a foreign corporation?
    You're wading into deep water, here. Be very careful.

    Here's a Forbes article that's well worth reading. It touches on several topics related to your question about setting up an offshore corporation.



    This excerpt from page 3 of the article addresses your question directly (but too briefly to be of much help) ---


    FBAR issues for forex traders

    Over the past few years, many forex traders went offshore, not to cheat on income taxes, but to get higher leverage than in the U.S. and to avoid the NFA’s 2009 hedging rule requiring first-in/first-out trading (FIFO).

    New CFTC regulations (effective October 2010) over the off-exchange retail forex marketplace reversed this trend. The CFTC blocks foreign banks and brokers from doing business with Americans unless they follow the U.S. regulations and register with the appropriate US regulator.

    Some Americans insist on keeping a foreign broker to retain 200:1 leverage and spread betting, rather than succumb to CFTC rules capping leverage at 50:1 on majors and 20:1 on minors plus FIFO. Some are tempted to set up dummy corporations or hide the accounts — a big mistake!



    The Forbes article was written by a CPA, with the assistance of a lawyer and another CPA, so it's probably accurate, as far as it goes. But, you really need to seek a professional opinion on your specific situation.

    There are tax attorneys who specialize in tax issues for traders. And there are tax attorneys who specialize in tax issues for Americans who hold foreign assets, or who own or control foreign corporations or trusts, and for expatriate Americans. You really should invest in professional advice at this level, before embarking on a foreign business venture.


    An American-born friend of mine moved to Canada years ago, married a Canadian, became a Canadian citizen, got a Canadian passport, let her American passport expire (although she retains dual citizenship), worked at several jobs, helped her husband start a business, bought some real estate (jointly with her husband), started a family, and basically forgot about the United States. She had (and has) no assets in the U.S. She has never had a problem entering or leaving the U.S. on her Canadian passport.

    For almost 20 years, she has filed no U.S. tax returns and has paid no U.S. tax. It never occurred to her that she was, in any way, under the jurisdiction of the United States. She was stunned when she was told (by friends) that her obligation to pay U.S. tax on her "worldwide" income never went away.

    At this point, she appears to have the following options: (1) turn herself in to the IRS, and pay a nightmarish amount of back taxes, interest and penalties, (2) stay out of the U.S. for the rest of her life, and continue to ignore the U.S. and their tax laws, (3) continue to travel to and from the U.S. on her Canadian passport, and hope that while inside the U.S. she is never identified as a deliquent taxpayer, by some cross-check of government data-bases, or (4) relinquish her U.S. citizenship (a step which the U.S. government makes exceedingly difficult, and can even prevent in cases where tax avoidance is the primary reason for the action).

    That's not the sort of predicament you want to get yourself into.


    The orgy of regulation in this country is not going to end --- at least, not while the present ruling class holds power.

    As for Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, all we can hope for, in the short term, is that they both will follow in the footsteps of Edward Kennedy, who made the world a better place just by leaving it. That wouldn't repeal their infamous DODD-FRANK BILL, of course. But, it would prevent future legislative abominations from these two reprobates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrevDawg View Post
    This is so aggravating not being able to trade with higher than 50:1 leverage, and more importantly, not being able to hedge trades!

    We U.S. traders have been getting hammered by unnecessary regulations the last few years.
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    I trade with over 500k USD in capital.
    At your capital base, good luck finding a broker anywhere who's going to be happy levering you up 100:1.

    As for hedging, are you referring to "hedging" in the retail forex parlance - meaning directly opposing positions - or the more traditional use of the term - meaning using secondary markets/instruments?
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    Have a foreign friend, or distant family member overseas open a account with a broker and a bank (your name can not show up anywhere, inclusive signature rights) and just trade for him, you would be in the clear. Of course your "friend/family" may thank you for all the money you made for him/them and disappear.
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    Or you could do it the legal way. I hear Australia is nice this time of year

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    As I understand Australia is just as nasty when it comes to taxes.
    It also would not change the above mentioned rules for Americans.
    You can lead the "Camel" to the water, you can't make him drink!!!!!
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    Honestly though, there's not much on the table. Not really sure what you can do here but if you do find a way, just drop us a hint..

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