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.
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Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
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.
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:
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.