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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 to save money for a house: 6 realistic tips 

Ready for your dream home? discover 6 realistic tips to save money and make it happen!

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Becoming a homeowner no matter what your income level is an achievable goal with the right amount of planning. Below are a few ideas we've put together for you to think about and implement if you're ready to start taking the steps to make your dream a reality. When it comes to learning how to save money for a house, these steps will make it seem a lot less daunting than one might initially imagine.

Financial steps to take when looking to save for a house

1. Create a realistic timeline

While different people have different timelines, it's important to set a realistic one for yourself when you're planning to buy a house. This way, you can budget and plan accordingly. For example, newlyweds are usually in more of a hurry to buy a home than someone who just graduated or started a new job. One person might be looking at 2 years while the other is okay with 5 years. There is no "right amount of time" to save money for a house, consider your individual circumstances and act accordingly.

2. Kickstart your savings

After establishing your realistic timeline, you can then determine how much you will need to save. While the goal is to put as much money as you can aside, this might be 20% - 30% of your monthly income, so be sure that this is realistic for you and adjust the timeline accordingly. 

Once you've established how much you will be putting aside each month for your goal, set up a direct debit to your savings account to ensure that that money leaves your account before you're tempted to spend it.

You can also explore the option of a savings account that offers the potential to earn interest over time. People often consider money market accounts or high-yield savings accounts. However it's important to conduct comprehensive research and base your decisions on the information you gather.

3. Don’t neglect other financial obligations

In this day and age, instant gratification is something we've grown accustomed to. Saving for a house is the opposite of this and will take time. Instead of cutting off all your expenses to try and reach your goal a year or two sooner, consider what financial obligations you might have over the next few years and be realistic in setting a healthy amount of time to get there. 

4. Ensure your goal is within your means

Becoming a homeowner is an impressive accomplishment, but being riddled with debt and high maintenance costs for decades is hardly enjoyable. Ensure that the house you want to buy is within your means to maintain after the purchase, and consider additional costs like rates and taxes, transfer fees, and consider the associated monthly payment.

5. Make the necessary budget cuts

In order to achieve your saving goals within the amount of time you set out, you will inevitably need to cut back on your expenses. Once your living expenses and bills are accounted for, what can you afford to put away each month? Are you paying for a subscription you no longer use or have a luxury item you can cut back on? It might seem like a little each month but in a year this can amount to a lot of money for your housing fund. 

6. Consider increasing your income streams

Another great way to get your homeowner dream to fruition faster is to create new avenues of income. Multiple streams of income can alleviate your cutting back on expenses and can help your savings tenfold. Consider creating online courses, writing blogs, or building a side hustle aligned with one of your skill sets. Every little bit helps. 

Homeowners checklist: consider the closing costs

Once you have reached your financial goal of saving money for a house or your down payment fund, you'll now be faced with a new set of challenges: actually buying the house and putting that down payment to work.

At this stage, it's important to contact professionals that can assist you in finding, vetting, and deciding on a worthy property for your years of savings, and who can accurately advise on the closing costs of the transaction. Remember that there are lawyers' fees and transaction costs and even private mortgage insurance monthly payments to consider on top of the home's purchase price.

Whether you rely on an experienced real estate agent or a building surveyor, ensure that they are someone you can trust and that you get answers to the questions you ask. Some helpful questions to start with include:

  • Is the land government approved?
  • Why are the owners selling?
  • Are all the house papers/documents intact?
  • Is the area prone to natural disasters like floods or fires? 
  • What are the costs of utilities, etc? 

Putting your down payment savings to work

Learning how to save money for a house is the first step. When you're ready to take the next step and purchase a house, be patient and ask the right questions. Saving for a house is saving for your future, so don't try to hurry the process along too much.

Whether you'll be living in the house or using it as an investment property with tenants, understand that the journey is as important as the end goal, and have patience as you pursue your dream and get steps closer to making that first down payment.


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