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Full risk statement here.
What are the key risks?
You could lose all the money you invest
- Checks on the product you are investing in, such as how well it's expected to perform, may not have been carried out by the platform you are investing through. You should do your own research before investing.
- The value of your investment can go up or down
You won't get your money back quickly
- You may have the opportunity to sell your investment early through a 'secondary market' or 'bulletin board', but there is no guarantee you will find a buyer at the price you are willing to sell.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
- Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well. A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments.
You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong
- Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover poor investment performance. Try the FSCS investment protection checker here.
- Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated platform, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here.
If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA's website here. For further information about investment-based crowdfunding, visit the FCA's website here.