As regular readers will be aware, we're taking a serious look at cryptocurrencies. An increasing number of peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders are looking at initial coin offerings (ICOs) as a way of raising funds. Our view is that these offerings may be attractive – but in an deal world ICOs should be linked to a real asset and ideally have some sort of return or yield.
Dombrovskis said the mission of the roundtable mainly to prepare for their upcoming Action Plan on Fintech, and the EU's position for a possible discussion at G20 level. Overall, the Roundtable addresses the emerging market of digital assets and the impact on consumers, businesses and intermediaries.
In brief, the group determined Blockchain was of strategic importance for Europe to remain competitive and must be embraced.
Regarding cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, this exposes investors to "substantial risk including the risk to lose their investment".
Dombrovskis added that ICOs have become a path for innovative firms to raise substantial amounts of money. But sector challenges mean there are substantial risks due to the lack of transparency for one.
This is definitely a space to watch.
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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 an earlier article on security, access and yield.
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