Cryptocurrencies are unregulated in the UK. Cryptocurrency profits may be subject to Capital Gains Tax. The value of investments is variable and can go down as well as up.
Wrapped BTC (WBTC) is an invention of the DeFi movement. Pegged to the same value as Bitcoin itself, WBTC is a way of representing Bitcoin ownership on the Ethereum network (i.e. you lock Bitcoin in a smart contract and receive an equivalent amount of WBTC in return).
Having WBTC means you can use the Bitcoin you own on DeFi apps, for instance to purchase tokens on Uniswap or as liquidity pool collateral on a platform like Compound or Balancer.
By buying WBTC on an exchange like CoinJar, you’re bypassing the costly and complex “wrapping” process. While CoinJar can’t “unwrap” your WBTC for you, you’ll be able to convert it to regular BTC using the CoinJar app.
The Bitcoin underpinning this process is maintained by the WBTC DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation), a group of more than 30 companies and blockchains that includes some of the biggest players in the cryptocurrency space.
CoinJar’s digital currency exchange services are operated by CoinJar UK Limited (company number 8905988), registered by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Cryptoasset Exchange Provider and Custodian Wallet Provider in the United Kingdom under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, as amended (Firm Reference No. 928767).
Cryptoassets carry high risk. Due to the potential volatility of the cryptoasset markets, the value of your investments may fall significantly and lead to total loss. Cryptoassets are complex and are unregulated in the UK, and you are unable to access the Financial Service Compensation Scheme or the Financial Ombudsman Service. We use third party banking, safekeeping and payment providers, and the failure of any of these providers could also lead to a loss of your assets. We recommend you obtain financial advice before making a decision to use your credit card to purchase cryptoassets or to invest in cryptoassets. Capital Gains Tax may be payable on profits.
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