Prime Factor Capital (PFC), a London-based cryptoasset management firm, has been granted a license by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as a full-scope Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM). Under the EU’s AIFM Directive (AIFMD), full-scope AIFMs may manage in excess of €100 million in assets, allowing PFC to begin accepting institutional-size tickets. […]
Colin Lambert is on the defensive from the start of this week’s podcast thanks to another disastrous prediction in the previous edition of In the FICC of It, so listen in to enjoy his discomfort as he and Galen Stops discuss the return of volatility to bitcoin and while doing so decide for yourself – […]
I see this week’s announcement that the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to recognise the FX Global Code as a positive for the industry, not only because it may drag a few asset managers wary of their relationship with the UK regulator to the adherence table, but also because it highlights how a set […]
Following a consultation process, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has formally recognised two financial market codes of conduct, the FX Global Code and the UK Money Markets Code. To support and encourage the development and use of best practice industry codes of conduct, the FCA created a process to formally recognise those codes covering […]
A joint statement from US and UK regulators signals a continued scrutiny on so-called “manufactured credit events” in the credit derivatives market. The statement, from US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chair Christopher Giancarlo, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Jay Clayton, and UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey says, “The […]
In the FICC of it is one year old this week, and, aside from expressing surprise they got this far, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops celebrate by plunging into two of the themes covered in the first podcast that still resonate today. Stops talks about the evolution of Euronext FX and has two questions for […]
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in conjunction with Action Fraud, has issued a report showing that last fiscal year £27 million was lost to crypto and forex investment scams. The report from the FCA and Action Fraud, a national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, found that the number of scams reported nearly […]
Following consultation feedback, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed all firms acting in or from the UK are prohibited from selling, marketing or distributing binary options to retail consumers.
The FCA aired its concern about the products in late 2017, before issuing a consultation paper in late 2018 seeking industry feedback, It now says that following that feedback it will officially introduce new rules on April 2, 2019, “to tackle widespread concerns about the inherent risks of these products, and the poor conduct of the firms selling them”. It adds, “This has led to consumer harm in the UK and internationally through large and unexpected trading losses.”
B2C2, an OTC cryptocurrency liquidity provider, has been authorised by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to arrange and deal in Contracts for Difference (CFDs) with eligible counterparties and professional clients. The FCA authorisation will allow B2C2’s clients to gain exposure to cryptocurrency markets via the firm’s CFDs.Max Boonen, founder and CEO, says: “We are excited to have received authorisation from the FCA to introduce a cryptocurrency CFD product. Eligible counterparties and professional clients can now gain derivative exposure to the cryptocurrency markets, benefiting from the competitive pricing and liquidity they’re accustomed to receiving from B2C2, while avoiding the risks associated with crypto custody.”
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued two consultation papers ahead of the imposition of rules to address what it terms “harm to retail consumers from the sale of certain complex derivative products”, specifically retail –orientated contracts for difference (CFDs) and binary options.
The proposed rules would apply to firms acting in or from the UK and ban the sale, marketing and distribution of binary options, as well as restrict the sale, marketing and distribution of CFDs and similar products to retail customers.