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General FAQs

What is Ctrl Alt?

Ctrl Alt is a platform that allows you to invest in fractions of alternative assets like property, green energy and even whisky with as little as £10.

When Did Ctrl Alt Start?

We were founded in 2020 and have spent the last couple of years developing our regulatory framework and structure alongside our technology. Our platform launched in Q4 2022.

Where is Ctrl Alt based?

We are based in London, UK.

Who Can Invest?

Anyone can sign up to the platform. We will then ask a few questions to show what assets you can invest in. At the moment only eligible UK investors can invest but we will be rolling out to the rest of Europe and beyond soon.

Why Invest In Alternatives?

Alternative assets have really interesting return profiles. They are typically uncorrelated to assets like stocks which can help lower the risk profile of your overall investment portfolio while taking advantage of any potential increase in value.

How Can I Get Started?

Our free to use app is now available on iOS and Android.

Click the 'Download' button at the top of this page to get started today.

How Is Ctrl Alt Unique?

Ctrl Alt is the first platform of its kind in Europe, focused on providing access to alternative investment opportunities in a regulatory compliant format. Our unique multi asset approach and expert asset partners means Ctrl Alt is your one stop shop for everything in the alternatives space.

Is Ctrl Alt an NFT Platform?

No, you are investing in shares that are represented as tokens. These tokens are therefore fungible, they are all equivalent and freely exchangeable for each other. The tokens are classified by the Financial Conduct Authority as Security Tokens and contain the same legal rights as a share. This is very important for us and our users as it removes any legal ambiguity when it comes to ownership of the asset.

Security FAQs

Is My Investment Protected?

Your investments are not protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Your capital is at risk.

Who Owns The Asset?

The assets are owned by a legal entity (company) and you as an investor own part of that legal entity. Ctrl Alt arranges the formation of the legal entity with the help of lawyers.

Is It Safe?

Investing in alternative assets comes with risks and for each asset we list on our platform we describe what those risks are and what the risk profile is. While the asset itself carries inherent risks, we’ve built an operationally safe and secure platform. For example, funds are collected and held in a regulated UK escrow account, away from Ctrl Alt.

What If Something Happens To Ctrl Alt?

The assets are owned by the investors/users of the platform via a company separate to Ctrl Alt that they are shareholders in. Therefore, if anything happens to Ctrl Alt your investment is segregated, we have no claim to the assets. As Ctrl Alt is involved in the operational element, we will arrange for the assets to be sold and any funds owed returned to you if Ctrl Alt were to stop operations.

How Can I Get Started?

Our free to use app is now available to download for iOS and Android.

Does Ctrl Alt Have Permissions To Operate?

Yes. Ctrl Alt carries out activities that are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). As an appointed representative of an FCA regulated firm, we have permissions to carry out these activities.

Where Are The Assets Kept?

Storage depends on the asset and is detailed in the description on our app. For example, watches are stored in a bank vault in London and whisky casks are stored in bonded warehouses in Scotland. In all instances the asset is insured and stored appropriately.

How Do I Know The Assets Are Genuine?

We work with expert asset partners who are well established in their respective fields. They validate that the assets are genuine and have relevant paperwork where required.

Investing FAQs

What Are The Fees?

Ctrl Alt charges a simple 2% fee on a successful issuance. Storage, insurance, legal and any costs relating to the asset itself will be detailed in the description and will be paid out of the amount raised.

How Can I Sell My Tokens?

We will be launching our secondary market later on in Q1 2023 where you will be able to list your shares for sale. Until then, we can help facilitate transfers where possible.

How Are The Assets Valued?

Assets are independently valued. Your portfolio will then update with an estimated valuation, you can see further details on the portfolio tab in the app.

How Can I Pay?

We take payment via Open Banking where you deposit funds in GBP. We currently do not accept cryptocurrency as payment.

How do I close my account?

To close your account, please email info@ctrl-alt.co. Alternatively you can request this in the app.

How do I get my money back?

Alternative assets are often by nature illiquid and are most suitable for longer term investment horizons. Ctrl Alt allows investors to vote on when they want to sell the underlying asset. If the majority want to sell then the asset is sold and the proceeds of the sale are distributed back to investors.

How will I receive updates on my investments?

Each asset has its own dedicated page on our app. On the page is an 'updates' tab where you will be able to see the latest information on your investment.

In which currency will my investments be made?

We currently allow investments to be made in GBP and will add support for other currencies in the future.

Technology FAQs

Do I Need To Go Elsewhere For a Wallet?

Nope. We know it’s annoying if you have to go somewhere else to create a wallet then come back to us. We’re all about keeping things simple. You can of course import your own if you prefer.

What Is A Wallet?

A wallet is essentially an account on the blockchain where you can store your tokens. We allow users to create their own wallet in our app or import their own. You can transfer the tokens out of the wallet. Only you have access to the wallet so keep the passphrase secure.

What Blockchain Does Ctrl Alt Use?

We use Algorand. We chose Algorand because of the low transaction fees, security, speed, scalability and ease of use. Algorand was built for purposes exactly like this and we’re super excited to work with them.

Why Do You Use Blockchain?

Blockchain is what allows us to operate a platform like this. Previously it would have been too operationally heavy and costly but blockchain alleviates those problems and allows us to pass the cost benefits onto you.

Glossary FAQs

Algorand

Algorand is the blockchain that Ctrl Alt is built on. The tokens (digital shares) that represent your investment are issued and recorded on the Algorand blockchain.

Algorand Standard Asset

The name given to digital assets issued on the Algorand blockchain.

Asset Class

A group of investments that exhibit similar characteristics. For example equities (stocks & shares) or currencies.

Blockchain

A digital record book or 'ledger' that is used to verify existence, ownership and the history of all kinds of data. Ctrl Alt uses this technology to record ownership of the tokens and facilitate transfers in a secure way.

It is called Blockchain because they store records in 'blocks' that are linked together using cryptography. This helps to keep the records secure.

Crowdfunding

The process of raising money from a large number of people who want to contribute to a particular project or investment opportunity. The project or investment only goes ahead once a certain amount has been raised.

Cryptocurrency

A digital currency that is used to pay transaction fees on a blockchain. It is rewarded to validators on a blockchain in exchange for correctly validating network transactions.

There are many different types of cryptocurrencies, each relating to a different blockchain. ALGO is the native cryptocurrency of the Algorand blockchain. Like traditional or fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies are also an asset class that investors purchase to speculate on how the price will change.

Cryptography

A method of transforming data in order to keep it secure.

Exchange Token

Tokens that are designed to be used as a means of exchange. They are used to buy and sell goods. Cryptocurrencies are exchange tokens.

Fiat Currency

Government issued currency not backed by a physical commodity like gold. For example US Dollars or British Pounds.

Issuance

The process of distributing tokens to investors.

Key Information Document (KID)

A document that outlines the potential risks and provides the nessecary background to the investment. As the name suggests, it has key bits of information for you to view.

Listing

The process of adding a new asset to our platform for investors to access.

NFT

A Non-Fungible Token is a type of digital asset that is not fungible or equivalent to another asset. Tokens on the Ctrl Alt platform are not NFTs.

Passphrase

A 12-word secret phrase that gives you access to your wallet. Only you have this passphrase and it should not be shared.

Portfolio

A summary of your investments and where you can vote to hold or sell the underyling asset.

Private Key

Similar to a password, it is a string of letters and numbers that allows you to access your tokens. It is private because only you have access to it.

Security Token

Tokens with characteristics that mean they provide legal rights or obligations akin to investments like shares or bonds. Tokens on Ctrl Alt are security tokens, they provide the same legal rights as shares.

Self Custody Wallet

A type of wallet that only you as the wallet owner have access to. Think of it like a safe that you own and only you have the key for.

Shares

Units of ownership in a company. As a holder of a share you own part of the company and the assets it holds.

Smart Contract

A piece of code that executes certain actions once a set of conditions have been met. At Ctrl Alt we use smart contracts to release tokens to investors only once the total amount for the asset has been raised.

Subscribe

The process of committing to buying a particular token.

Subscription Agreement

A document that outlines the investment and its terms. Upon agreeing to the subscription agreement you are committing to the investment.

Subscription Window

The time period in which you can sign up to buy a particular token.

Token

A digital unit that represents an asset. On the Ctrl Alt platform, the tokens represent shares.

Utility Token

Tokens that grant holders access to a current or prospective product/service but don't provide the same legal rights as shares, bonds etc. An example could be tokens in an online game that enables you to purchase products or services in that game.

Validator

Computers that are responsible for securing the network. They confirm the validity of new transations added to the ledger/records.

Voting Rights

The right to decide what happens to the underlying asset, for example the property. The more tokens you hold, the more voting power you have as an investor.

Wallet

A place to store and manage your digital assets and tokens. Think of it like a digital version of a safe that has all the keys to your assets.

Wallet Address

A string of letters and numbers which is used to identify your wallet. Used when you want to send tokens to and from your wallet.

Yield

A measure of return on your investment. For example if you invest £100 in something that yields 10%, you will receive £10.

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Alternatively, email us directly at info@ctrl-alt.co

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