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FCA Discloses 97% Agreement To Cryptocurrency Derivatives Ban

A logo sits on a glass revolving door at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the Canary Wharf business district in London, U.K., on Thursday. Nov. 21, 2013. The FCA is working with regulators including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to investigate the potential manipulation of the foreign-exchange market. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

One year before announcing the ban on crypto derivatives sale in the UK, an FCA-conducted survey concluded that 97% of participants were against the prohibition.

Before implementing the ban on cryptocurrency derivatives sales in the UK for retail investors, the FCA asked over 500 firms, trade bodies, and competent authorities on their opinion. Interestingly, the results decisively concluded that 97% of all participants didn’t agree with the prohibition.

UK’s watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), initially proposed prohibiting the sale, marketing, and distribution to retail clients of cryptocurrency derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) in July 2019.

Shortly after, the regulator compiled a survey, which was released in October 2020. The study asked 527 participants from “firms, trade bodies, retail consumers, and EU national competent authorities (NCAs)” regarding their views on the matter.

The results quite clearly demonstrated that almost all respondents (97%) opposed the FCA’s proposal that digital asset derivatives and ETNs need to be prohibited for sale.

The majority argued that cryptocurrencies have intrinsic value because they are accepted as a means of payment for goods and services. They brought out household names such as Starbucks and Microsoft that allow Bitcoin payments through a service offered by Bakkt.

Furthermore, the participants asserted that retail clients are capable of assessing the value and risks of cryptocurrency derivatives, and the prohibition would be “disproportionate.” Instead, they suggested the FCA to use other measures to achieve its goal of protecting investors.

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