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I can talk from a personal and professional perspective,’ says eToro’s UK managing director Iqbal Gandham, ‘whether it’s HNW individuals, family offices, or institutional investors – the conversation right now is about a new asset class called crypto.’ Visible on the London underground and on the side of London cabs, eToro is a leading global multi-asset investment platform, with over ten million registered users across the world and an array of trading and investment tools. Its crypto offering, which launched in February 2017 and has evolved over time, allows clients to trade and invest in 12 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP (by Ripple Labs) and Litecoin among other cryptocurrencies, with more coming soon. As chair of CryptoUK, the first self-regulatory trade association for the UK cryptocurrency industry, Gandham is also leading efforts to bring cryptoassets under the regulatory oversight of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and sees the future of crypto as fully regulated. A speaker at a recent Spear’s briefing, he is happy to lend his expertise to UHNWs interested in crypto. While he understands the resistance from the traditional finance world, Gandham sees institutional investors accepting that crypto ‘is not going away’. He says: ‘When I look at family offices I would say that structured products – such as ETFs – are the next step to bringing family offices on board.’

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