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India Has Over 100 Million Crypto Investors: KuCoin Survey

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • The KuCoin report shows that 54% of Indian investors plan to invest more in crypto over the next six months.
  • Approximately 115 million Indians have invested in crypto assets.
  • The enthusiasm for crypto is a surprise as the Indian government has imposed high taxes on the crypto asset class.
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A recent report from KuCoin on crypto investment in India shows that 54% of Indian crypto investors seek to invest more over the next six months. Other results from the report also indicate enthusiasm for the market. It also shows that India has 115 million crypto investors.

KuCoin published its Into The Cryptoverse Report India on Aug. 23, and the results show that a majority of Indian investors seek to invest more into crypto in the near future. 54% of investors have planned to apportion more of their capital into crypto over the next six months, despite the strict taxation rules.

KuCoin says that the crypto market in India is expected to reach a value of $241 million by 2030. There are approximately 115 million crypto investors in India who hold crypto or have traded it in the past six months. This amounts to 15% of the population between 18 and 60, with another 10% of adults being curious about the market and interested in investing over the next six months.

Investing pattern for the next six months: KuCoin

India is an enthusiastic market for crypto, with many investors taking to the market over the past two years. However, the recent 30% tax rule and the fact that they cannot offset losses has led to a sharp decline in trading volumes. In light of this, it is a somewhat surprising fact that many investors are looking to invest more.

However, there are some challenges for crypto companies looking to break into the crypto market. KuCoin reports that 41% of surveyees were unsure of which cryptocurrencies to invest in, 37% have trouble managing their portfolios, 27% are not clear about predicting the market and the valuation of assets, and 21% just don’t understand how crypto works.

As for the reasons behind investing in the crypto market itself, 56% believe that crypto represents the future of finance, and 54% believe that they will get a good return in the long run. 43% are investing for short-term gains, while 24% consider crypto a “hype for fun.”

The insights from the report show that Indian investors have a strong appreciation for the crypto market. The country’s large population is largely untapped, and many exchanges have been seeking to break into the region. Coinbase is one of the notable platforms, though it has hit some hurdles.

India has taken a tough, but not draconian, stance on crypto. The Indian Enforcement Directorate froze the bank account of a WazirX executive, and authorities also conducted a raid.

For the most part, Indian lawmakers are looking to prevent any illicit activity involving the crypto space. They see crypto regulation as being a tough challenge and are looking at alternatives for the process.

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Rahul Nambiampurath
Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...