Fintech startup InvestUp’s exploring adding bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to its robo-investment platform

The boom in bitcoin has spurred InvestUp to consider offering the option as demand from investors is rising.

The robo-investor platform is looking to pilot a new feature that will let investors allocate their cash to selection of both loans and cryptocurrencies, with separate algorithms governing both.

The startup, originally founded in London and now based in Leeds, plans to analyse more than 1,000 cryptocurrencies and anticipates including between 10 per cent and 35 per cent of them, which will be scored according to risk. The algorithm will then identify the best investments for a user’s portfolio and adjust them automatically to maximise the return.

InvestUp said it will work with the financial watchdog to test it and is likely to apply for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulatory “sandbox”, in which fintechs can experiment under regulatory supervision without fear of falling foul of the law.

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