FCA Moves To Ban Cryptos From ATMs – Plus Loan Offers Latest

Today sees more from the immoveable object/irresistible force file. Sooner or later, cryptocurrency transactions will be easily doable at a ATMs in the UK  (it’s been possible for years to buy train tickets in Switzerland using Bitcoin). The UK”s leading financial watchdog has decided that that day will be a little later, rather than sooner.

The UK’s Financial Authority says that any cryptocurrency ATMs operating in the UK are doing so illegally and that they must be shut down.

In a statement, the FCA says that crypto ATMs must be registered and comply with UK money laundering regulations.

But, none of the crypto firms registered with the watchdog have been given the go-ahead to offer ATM services, meaning that they are operating illegally.

According to the Coin ATM Radar site, there are fewer than 100 crypto ATMs in the UK. Operators will be contacted by the FCA and told to shut their machines down or face further action.

Earlier this month, the regulator revealed that it opened over 300 cases related to crypto firms in a six-month period last year and has 50 live investigations, including criminal probes, into companies in the sector.

Loan Auctions Latest

  • We currently have four loan auctions open on site.
  • Mar-Key has a credit rating of A+, a yield of 7 per cent and a term of two years. It is currently 16 per cent filled.
  • HTHL Ltd has a credit rating of A+, a yield of 7 per cent and a term of one years. It is currently 13 per cent filled.
  • Fleetwood Legal has a credit rating of A, a yield of 7 per cent and a term of one year. It is currently 29 per cent filled.
  • Bonnington Law has a credit rating of A, a yield of 7 per cent and a term of one year. It is currently 19 per cent filled.
  • You can see detail on each by logging in and downloading the credit note.

Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide

  • Money&Co. lenders have achieved an average return of more than 8 per cent gross (before we deduct our one per cent fee). 

That figure is the result of over £24 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders’ capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.

  • Money&Co. has been lending for over 5 years and has only had two bad debts so far, representing a bad debt rate of 0.03 per cent per annum.

All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income. Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.

So here’s our guide to the process:

  • Step 1: Register as a lender. Go to the login page, and go through the process that the law requires us to effect. This means we have to do basic checks on you to comply with money-laundering and other security requirements.
  • Step 2: Put money into your account. This is best done by electronic transfer. We can also process paper cheques drawn in favour of Denmark Square Limited, the parent company of Money&Co.
  • Step 3: Buy loans in the loan market. Once you’ve put cash in your account it will sit there – and it won’t earn interest until you’ve bought a piece of a loan. It’s this final step that requires lenders and IFISA investors to be pro-active. Just choose some loans – all loans on the Money&Co. site can be held in an IFISA – and your money will start earning tax-free interest.

The ISA allowance for 2020/21 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We’re assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.

Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying – buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the “loans for sale” market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.

Risk: Security, Access, Yield

Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here’s one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.

 


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As with all investments, you’ll take some risks. In this case, your capital is at risk and isn’t protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. It’s important to remember that investment in peer-to-peer loans isn’t covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and it’s not a bank account. Remember, your capital is at risk. Past performance does not guarantee future performance and your return may vary over time. Take 2 minutes to learn more

Disclaimer: Money&Co.™ is the trading name of Denmark Square Limited, Company Number 08561817, registered in England & Wales, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company is identified on the Financial Services Register under Reference Number 727325. The registered office is 58 Glentham Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JJ where the register of Directors may be inspected. Denmark Square Limited (ISA manager reference number Z1932) manages the Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISA.