The UK's Financial Conduct Authority has explained that regulatory authorisation is required where someone is:
- dealing in;
- arranging transactions in;
- advising on; or
- otherwise providing services by way of business in the UK that amount to regulated activities,
- cryptocurrencies or
- tokens issued through an initial coin offering (ICO).
- Cryptocurrency futures: A derivative contract in which each party agrees to exchange cryptocurrency at a future date and at a price agreed by both parties;
- Cryptocurrency contracts for differences (CFDs): A cash-settled derivative contract where the parties seek to secure a profit or avoid a loss by agreeing to exchange the difference in price between the value of the cryptocurrency CFD contract at its outset and at its termination;
- Cryptocurrency options: A contract that grants the beneficiary the right to acquire or dispose of cryptocurrencies.