Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

FCAA is Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator.

Cryptocurrency

  • Cryptocurrency

     

     

    How Cryptocurrency Works

    Cryptocurrency uses a system of cryptography (encryption) to control the creation of digital money, to verify transactions and to help ensure the security of the system. To buy or sell cryptocurrencies you are assigned a “public key”, like an email address, that you can share with others and a “private key”, like a password, that you can use to acquire or send cryptocurrency from your public key. Records of cryptocurrency transactions are distributed across computer systems, called the “blockchain” which is a type of public ledger.

    Cryptocurrency “miners” solve complex math problems to verify transactions ensuring they are not false and to record transactions in the blockchain. Miners receive newly-issued cryptocurrency as payment.

     

    Investment Tips

    It’s important to know the risks if you choose to use or invest in cryptocurrency. Do your due diligence and know what you’re dealing with. Be sure to contact a professional advisor who can help you with any questions you may have. If you don’t fully understand the risks - don’t get involved.

     

    Investment Risks

    1. Volatile

    Cryptocurrency prices rise and fall dramatically often driven by media hype and public interest.

    1. Unprotected

    Cryptocurrencies are not backed by a bank or authority like Canadian currency is. Additionally, cryptocurrency may not be subject to securities regulation which means you may have little recourse in a dispute and may be vulnerable to your investment’s value being manipulated.

    Cryptocurrency trading platforms and exchanges are susceptible to cybersecurity threats and hacking.

    1. Complex

    Cryptocurrencies are by their nature, complex and difficult to understand. It can be confusing and time-consuming to trade or withdraw cryptocurrency, often requiring several intermediaries. It is also hard to make informed decisions without financial statements and traditional assessment criteria to rely on.

    1. Expensive

    Certain fees are associated with trading cryptocurrency. Make sure you understand what it will cost you to trade. These costs have the potential to erode profits.

     

    Starting a Crypto Business?

    If you want to start a trading platform involving cryptocurrencies or issuing new cryptocurrencies called “mining” please contact the Securities Division at 306-787-5645 to discuss your project and to find out if it falls under securities legislation.

     

    Canadian Securities Administrators Videos

    For more information, watch these cryptocurrency videos from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA): 

    What is Cryptocurrency?

    What is Cryptocurrency? (Part 2)

    How do you trade Cryptocurrency?

     

    Canadian Securities Administrators Infographic

    For more information, view this cryptocurrency infographic from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA):

    Infographic

    Securities Division

    Suite 601, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4H2

    Tel: (306)787-5645

    Fax: (306)787-5899

    Email: securities@gov.sk.ca

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