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Investing involves risk. The following are a few of the factors to consider before making an investment in a start-up or early stage business:
When considering investing in a new business offering crypto-assets there are additional considerations. In some cases crypto-assets are securities or derivatives and the parties selling them are required to comply with securities laws. If they are not, that is a red flag.
We urge potential investors to be cautious when considering buying crypto-assets. Buying them involves significant risk.
Parties holding themselves out as crypto-asset brokers or trading platforms (aka cryptocurrency exchanges) have not sought and obtained regulation from securities regulators and so none of the typical protections that apply to regulated entities can be assumed to exist.
Some of the typical protections that may be absent include: