Vanuatu has long been a popular jurisdiction for all types of financial services firms, and in particular for those from Australia and New Zealand. This also includes a number of ECN forex brokers, which have registered local branches on Vanuatu. Among the things that make Vanuatu an attractive jurisdiction for ECN forex brokers and others is the relaxed regulatory regime there, shaped by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC).
ECN forex brokers are particularly popular among high-volume traders because they offer some of the lowest spreads in the industry. When combined with the high trading leverage that is available in countries like Vanuatu, this makes for an ideal environment for professional traders. For example, high leverage of up to 1:1,000 is not uncommon among ECN forex brokers in Vanuatu.