FINRA said the alert aims to raise awareness about the downsides of bitcoin investments in light of the recent high-profile struggles of bitcoin business.
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Hacking, volatility top FINRA's listed risks
FINRA detailed what it referred to as the "numerous risks" associated with buying, selling and using bitcoin, including that bitcoin is not legal tender in the US.
The agency further emphasized how bitcoin is susceptible to fraud, saying:
Additional comments covered how bitcoin exchanges are volatile and could close at any time, and that bitcoin transactions, by nature of their design, are not reversible like other popular forms of payment.
FINRA solicits tips and information
The announcements follows other notable statements from US policymakers, who have been increasingly outspoken about digital currencies, including US Senator Joe Manchin, top Alabama securities regulator Joe Borg and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, as well as their intent to follow their progress.
FINRA, likewise, suggested it will be monitoring events in the digital currency space.
The regulatory body ended the release by encouraging those who have been defrauded by a securities professional or firm to file a complaint with its representatives or to contact its support lines with tips and information.
Image credit: FINRA office via GlassDoor
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