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 cryptoassets.
The cryptoasset 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.
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.
You may not be able to sell your investment when you want to
There is no guarantee that investments in cryptoassets can be easily sold at any given time. The ability to sell a cryptoasset 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 cryptoassets at the time you want.
Cryptoasset investments can be complex
Investments in cryptoassets 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, it probably is.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website at https://www.fca.org.uk/investsmart For further information about cryptoassets, see https://www.fca.org.uk/investsmart/crypto-basics
Remember, not all crypto-assets are alike. Before investing, you should ensure you understand the specific risks involved. Below we have listed some of the main categories of crypto-assets available on Bittrex Global.
Bear in mind that there isn’t currently an industry standard way of grouping digital assets, with new developments and innovations in the cryptocurrency space emerging regularly, and some crypto-assets falling into more than one category. You should use the following categories as guides to help you differentiate among the more common cryptocurrencies; for each category we have included a link to further information that you might find useful as a starting point for your research.
These grant access to specific features or services within a blockchain ecosystem. More info »
These are cryptocurrencies designed to maintain a stable value by pegging them to a reserve of assets, such as fiat currency or commodities. More info »
These are cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. More info »
These are tokens associated with decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms. They often have utility within the DeFi ecosystem, providing functions like governance or collateral. More info »
These are tokens issued on one blockchain (e.g., Ethereum) to represent assets from another blockchain (e.g., Bitcoin). More info »
These tokens grant holders the right to participate in decision-making processes within a blockchain project. They are often used for protocol upgrades and changes. More info »
Tokens designed to facilitate interoperability between different blockchain networks, allowing assets to move between them. More info »