Cryptocurrency Derivatives in the UK at Risk of Ban, Taskforce to Have Final Say
By Admin .
11 November, 2019 .
Cryptocurrency derivatives including futures, options and contracts for differences could potentially be prohibited in the United Kingdom in the near future.
According to a statement issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK’s financial watchdog, consultations will be held between now and the first quarter of next year where a ban on crypto derivatives will be explored.
“A separate consultation by Q1 2019 on a potential prohibition of the sale to retail consumers of derivatives (including contracts for differences, options, and futures) referencing certain types of cryptoassets…” read the press release.
The consultations will be led by the UK Cryptoasset Taskforce which is comprised of representatives drawn from various government bodies and agencies including the Bank of England, Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) and the FCA.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…
In light of the fact that crypto assets possess both risks and benefits to consumers, businesses and the markets, the FCA also outlined a couple of actions that will be undertaken after deliberations by the Cryptoasset Taskforce. By the close of this year, for instance, the Cryptoasset Taskforce has committed to holding consultations with a view of offering guidance on the cryptoassets that fall within the limits of the current regulations as well as those that don’t.
The Cryptoasset Taskforce has also committed to holding deliberations in order to determine whether the existing regulations should be expanded in order to include the cryptoassets that currently outside the regulatory perimeter but which have similar features to other specified investments.
And in order to determine whether there is a need for effectively regulating exchange tokens, cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers, and if so how to approach such an effort, the taskforce will also hold consultations early next year.