A popular currency trading website vanished overnight and $1-billion of investors money disappeared with it

Financial Post | Business

The first time Rajibuddin Mandal, a family doctor in Birmingham, England, tried his hand at trading currencies online, he lost 2,000 British pounds. From that experience, he concluded that the foreign-exchange market was too big, too complex and too hazardous for amateur investors like himself. He decided he needed help from the professionals.

One site he found on the Internet in early 2013 seemed to be speaking directly to him. Called secureinvestment.com, the website acknowledged that currency trading was risky.

“Ninety percent of traders in forex end up losing money,” it said. Secure Investment said it offered something safer: It made trading decisions for investors and guaranteed their principal. That meant, Mandal thought, that even if he didn’t make money, the worst that could happen would be that he would break even, Bloomberg Markets will report in its December issue.

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