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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.

How can my business accept cryptocurrency ?

Learn how to integrate cryptocurrency payments into your business. Explore the benefits, risks, and way to expand your payment options.

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If you’re a business owner looking to tap into the over 300 million people across the globe using cryptocurrencies, you’ve come to the right place. In this piece we’re covering why that’s a great idea, and how you can go about incorporating cryptocurrencies as a payment option.

The benefits of crypto payments

Whether you want to accept Bitcoin payments or crypto payments, incorporating digital currencies into your business is a great idea. Below we run through several advantages that crypto payments bring to the table. 

  • Faster Settlements

Did you know that credit card companies can take a few business days to move the funds into your account? With crypto payments, once the transaction has been executed the funds will (almost) immediately appear in your crypto wallet. 

  • Lower Fees

Card processing companies charge anywhere from 1% - 3% plus an additional charge for using that service. Other payment services, like PayPal for example, charge even more. While the transaction fees structure is dependent on the specific network, cryptocurrencies charge a minimal flat rate, with no added hidden costs. When making or accepting crypto payments, you will know the transaction fees upfront.

  • Wider Audience

With over 300 million people using cryptocurrencies, expected to rise to 1 billion by the end of 2022, there is now a much wider audience that your business can tap into. Capture new customers by adding crypto payments to your payment options and attract a new demographic.

  • Reduce Fraudulent Charges

Fraudulent card activity costs the global economy over $120 billion each year. These chargebacks can range from a number of reasons, from technical issues to outright fraud. With cryptocurrencies, transactions are final and cannot be reversed due to the nature of blockchain technology facilitating these crypto payments. 

What does a business accepting cryptocurrencies entail?

First, you will need to have a proper understanding of cryptocurrencies, and an idea of which cryptocurrencies you would like to accept. While most businesses new to accepting crypto payments might opt for Bitcoin payments, there are several alternative options with varying features. Bitcoin Cash, for example, provides faster transaction times at a lower cost.

Next, you will need to create an account with a payment gateway, the crypto equivalent of a payment processor. This gateway will allow you to easily transfer crypto to fiat and vice versa. Ensure that the platform you opt to use is reputable, has high levels of security, and is in line with the regulatory requirements. If you decide to accept Bitcoin payment, you need to ensure that everything you are doing is above-board.

Once you have chosen your payment gateway and set up the account, the last step is to let your customers know. Whether you do this through a marketing campaign or simply incorporate the crypto QR code on your website or in-store, this is an excellent opportunity to get the word out there and create a buzz around your business now accepting crypto payments.

A crash course in cryptocurrencies

For the sake of getting you fully prepared to accept crypto payments, we've included a short crash course on cryptocurrencies. The first cryptocurrency to come into existence was launched in 2009 as a response to the global financial crisis. The still-anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, wanted to create a global digital currency that would allow each individual to take control of their own funds, and not have to rely on governments and centralized financial institutions to do so.

A few years after Bitcoin entered the scene, several other cryptocurrencies started emerging, many of which used the same infrastructure. Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin are examples of this, offering the same service with several tweaks, notably faster and cheaper transactions.

While adoption was slow to take off, crypto payments eventually integrated into the mainstream financial sector as several companies started catering to the crypto crowd. While the markets still go through the typical economic cycles, cryptocurrencies and most notably crypto payments are here to stay.

How can i incorporate cryptocurrency payments into my business?

If you’ve decided to accept Bitcoin payments and propel your business into the crypto-sphere, the process is likely to be much more simple than one would initially imagine. Accepting cryptocurrency payments is made even easier through Tap’s corporate crypto accounts, created especially to fulfill your business needs.

The best part about deciding to accept cryptocurrency payments is that you don't need to forgo your traditional payment methods. Cryptocurrency works perfectly alongside your current point of sale system and offers an alternative online payment solution. With Tap, you also don't need to worry about crypto price volatility as you can easily make the quick exchange of crypto to fiat directly through the app.

In order to start accepting Bitcoin payments, you will need to fill in a quick form on the Tap website. You do not need to have a Tap account prior to this. One of our Account Managers will make contact with you and assist with the setup process, including creating a crypto wallet for your business. This Account Manager will continue to work closely with you, providing assistance at any time.

Tap is fully regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and operates with a stringent level of security. Known for its easy-to-use crypto payments app, Tap allows users to buy and sell a range of crypto assets and easily convert them to fiat. Integrating the traditional financial sector with the crypto sector, Tap allows users to make payments directly from the app, selecting which currency, whether fiat or crypto, they would like to use. 

The app also provides users with the opportunity to earn interest on their crypto and fiat currencies by simply depositing them into a specific fiat or crypto wallet. With no lock-in periods and constant access to the funds, users can earn interest which is paid out weekly. Corporate crypto accounts offer the same earning opportunities. 

To find out more about our crypto accounts for businesses and set up your account to accept cryptocurrency payments, take a look here. 


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