- OKX is introducing new rules for UK users to comply with FCA regulations, including mandatory risk questionnaires and assessments to demonstrate understanding of crypto risks.
- Users who fail to complete the questionnaires or show adequate risk comprehension will become ineligible for OKX accounts. This aligns with FCA rules taking effect in 2023.
- OKX has taken several steps to comply with FCA regulations, including adding bold warnings, reducing token offerings, and adopting a “trade responsibly” motto. The exchange embraces the goal of educating users on crypto risks.
OKX, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is introducing new rules for its UK-based users to comply with regulatory requirements from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The changes will impact how UK residents can trade and invest in digital assets on the platform.
UK Users Must Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaires
Starting next week, UK users on OKX will be required to complete an investor questionnaire to demonstrate their understanding of the risks involved with crypto trading and investing. Users will also need to take a second questionnaire evaluating if investing in digital assets is suitable for them personally based on their financial situation and risk tolerance.
Users who are unable to complete the questionnaires or show adequate comprehension of the risks will become ineligible to maintain an account on OKX. As the exchange stated, “Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. Cryptocurrency is a high-risk asset and you should not expect to be protected if something goes wrong.”
Complying With New FCA Rules
The new requirements are part of OKX’s efforts to comply with upcoming FCA regulations that will take effect on January 8, 2023. The regulations impose restrictions on crypto companies servicing UK customers, including mandatory risk disclosures.
OKX has taken several steps to adhere to the new rules. This includes reducing its token offerings, adding bold risk warnings throughout its platform, and adopting a “trade responsibly” motto. The exchange says it embraces the FCA’s goal of ensuring users understand the risks and tradeoffs of crypto investing.
As regulators worldwide impose stricter rules on the crypto industry, exchanges like OKX are modifying their platforms and operations to increase consumer protections. The new UK requirements aim to bring crypto investing closer to the norms and safeguards found in traditional finance. Although the rules may create hurdles for some users, they ultimately may help legitimize cryptocurrencies in the eyes of wary investors and regulators.