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Risk Warning - Notice to UK Users  

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Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.

What are the key risks?

1.You could lose all the money you invest

The performance of most cryptoassets can be highly volatile, with their value dropping as quickly as it can rise. You should be prepared to lose all the money you invest in crypto assets.

The crypto asset market is largely unregulated. There is a risk of losing money or any cryptoassets you purchase due to risks such as cyber-attacks, financial crime and firm failure.

2.You should not expect to be protected if something goes wrong

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) doesn’t protect this type of investment because it’s not a ‘specified investment’ under the UK regulatory regime – in other words, this type of investment isn’t recognised as the sort of investment that the FSCS can protect. Learn more by using the FSCS investment protection checker here.

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) will not be able to consider complaints related to this firm. Learn more about FOS protection here.

3.You may not be able to sell your investment when you want to

There is no guarantee that investments in crypto assets can be easily sold at any given time. The ability to sell a crypto asset depends on various factors, including the supply and demand in the market at that time.

Operational failings such as technology outages, cyber-attacks and comingling of funds could cause unwanted delay and you may be unable to sell your crypto assets at the time you want.

4.Cryptoasset investments can be complex

Investments in crypto assets can be complex, making it difficult to understand the risks associated with the investment.

You should do your own research before investing. If something sounds too good to be true, itprobably is.

5.Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Putting all your money into a single type of investment is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well.

A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments. Learn more here.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website here.

For further information about cryptoassets, visit the FCA’s website here.

Bitcoin took the market by storm again

After weeks of trading sideways, Bitcoin and Ethereum are showing renewed strength and a surge in upward momentum, taking the market in a perfect storm yet again.

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After weeks of trading sideways, Bitcoin and Ethereum are showing renewed strength and a surge in upward momentum, taking the market in a perfect storm yet again.

Bitcoin has experienced a significant price reversal over the past several weeks, rising from below $30,000 to over $46,000 in value on august the 11th.

BTC gained almost 19% in the past week making it its strongest monthly performance since March closely followed by 18.5% in July. Meanwhile, Ethereum (ETH) is trading around $3,100, having posted a gain of 11.5%last month, its largest increase in three months. As Ethereum's rally accelerates and bitcoin's advances have slowed, some on the institutional side speculate it could overtake Bitcoin as the world's largest cryptocurrency by value.

Clearly, the crypto bulls do not go on holiday.

The world's total cryptocurrency market capitalization peaked at over $2 trillion Wednesday afternoon for the first time in about three months.

Over the last year, there has been an increase in investment appetite for cryptocurrencies due to crypto trading volume growth, fintech company crypto offerings allowing you to acquire crypto with a click from your phone.

AJ Bell's research suggests that more adults in the United Kingdom invested in crypto than stocks in the last year: 7% of the population versus 5%for stocks. Data show that 71% of these investors said that they made a profit from their investments, while only 12% admitted losing money.

Retail clients aren't the only ones interested in the recent cryptocurrency mania. Institutions and hedge funds managers are also entering the game. It seems that the world's gone crypto crazy.

More institutions are also introducing cryptocurrency products for high-net-worth clients, including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. A recent report by the AIMA in partnership with PWC report that 47% of traditional hedge fund managers surveyed representing $180billion in assets under management (AuM) are already investing or looking into investments in crypto. Benefit-wise, the median crypto hedge fund returned 128%in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic which generated the economic downturn.

As a result of the lack of laws and regulations in place, some major financial institutions are reluctant to involve themselves. Some other traditional asset managers often shy away from cryptocurrency investing due to its volatile nature, lack of appropriate infrastructure, as well as the recentness of the industry. However, Increasing regulation and interest in the digital currency industry could force traditional institutions to hop in, either through buying a stake in cryptocurrencies or launching their own cryptocurrency-tracking funds.

The alternative assets class of cryptocurrencies is becoming a driving force in the market. The price discovery for these digital currencies is different from traditional investments because it cannot be correlated with traditional sources of values, such as stocks or bonds. In spite of this distinction, crypto may provide diversification opportunities and an additional source for portfolio returns that are otherwise unavailable as yields decrease and the stock exchange might be unpredictable given the current economical downturns.

Though excitement is high for rally markets, anyone who wants to put their money in cryptocurrencies needs to be knowledgeable about the result of trading as cryptocurrencies are notoriously volatile and that education and experience are the key


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