Investment product restrictions for retail investors

The FCA has confirmed its proposals to permanently ban the marketing of speculative illiquid securities - including  mini-bonds to retail investors. The FCA's ban on the marketing, distributing and selling to retail investors of investments that reference certain cryptoassets has also now come into force.

The FCA introduced a temporary ban in January 2020 following concerns that speculative mini-bonds were being promoted to retail investors who neither understood the risks involved, nor could afford the potential financial losses. The FCA now made the ban permanent and extended it to cover similar listed securities where they are not traded frequently.

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