The Daily Update – Cryptocurrency warnings

In what is thought to be a first in the UK, the Lloyds Banking Group has banned its credit card customers from purchasing cryptocurrencies over worries that its consumers would be unable to repay the debts that could amass whilst playing the digital currencies; with the banking group left to foot the bill. The ban, which covers 8 million credit card holders, will apply to all Lloyds Bank, Halifax, MBNA and Bank of Scotland customers. Purchases made by debit cards will still be allowed.

The ban follows fears from some of the biggest names in the financial industry that the Bitcoin/ cryptocurrency boom will not end well. Earlier this month Berkshire Hathaway’s chairman and chief executive Warren Buffett, said he believed ‘In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending’, adding ‘When it happens or how or anything else, I don't know, however if I could buy a five-year put on every one of the cryptocurrencies, I'd be glad to do it but I would never short a dime's worth’.

The move by the Lloyds Banking Group follows warnings by regulators from China, Russia, India, South Korea and the US that there should be better global regulation of cryptocurrencies over fears they are being used by criminals and money launderers. Also, Facebook has banned adverts for cryptocurrencies after users complained about hoaxes and scams being promoted on the social media site. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the ban ‘is in response to the many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith, and is part of an ongoing effort to improve the integrity and security of our ads’.

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