FCA cracks down on crowdfunding websites

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set its sights on one of the latest crazes to sweep through the small business community - crowdfunding websites.

As reported in The Sunday Times, the regulator is worried that investors are parting with their cash without being fully aware of the risks.

The FCA told the newspaper: “We believe most crowdfunding should be targeted at investors who know how to value a start-up business, and who appreciate the risks involved and that they could lose all of their money.

“We want it to be clear that investors in the majority of crowdfunds have little or no protection if the business or project fails,” it said.

Some websites have already paid to secure approval from the FCA, however many...

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Only one fraud case reported & social cases benefiting the most?    1 thanks

Rob Connell | | Permalink

Interesting 'crackdown' is it really needed? Our crowdfunding platform FundedByMe recently reported there has only been one fraud case reported so far, and many campaigns seem to have a social benefit case behind them, in some ways you could say this is regulating investment by friends and family?

the FCA Regulatory Consultation is here, join the discussion

Tom SyndicateRoom | | Permalink

I'd like to event everyone to join in on the discussion around the FCA's publishes Regulatory guide for crowdfunding.

Join the experts here to discuss: http://www.syndicateroom.com/blog/the-fcas-regulatory-approach-to-crowdfunding.aspx