Europe is perhaps more supportive and accommodating. [There are] things going on in Europe right now, you got negative interest rates in many countries. Bitcoin may look more attractive because there are other assets that aren’t paying return. These results confirm a trend we are seeing in the market towards greater interest in and acceptance of digital assets as a new investable asset class.
A Positive Outlook for CryptocurrencyWhile not all surveyees may have allocated a portion of their portfolio to digital assets, a vast majority seem to think that there is potential in cryptocurrencies. Nearly 80% of these investors ‘find something appealing.’ This was described in the report as follows: 36% said they liked that it was uncorrelated to other asset classes, 34% said it was an innovative technology, and 33% said it had a high potential upside. 25% of European investors also appreciated the fact that it was free from government intervention, while only 10% of U.S. investors felt this way. However, there are concerns for institutional investors, who marked price volatility as the largest challenge. Over half of those surveyed felt this way, while just under half were concerned about market manipulation. The silver lining is that U.S. investors show fewer reservations now compared to last year.
Grayscale Investments Shows Greater Institutional GrowthGrayscale Investments has also provided a lot of information in the past few months that point to greater institutional interest, with customers buying Ethereum (ETH) at a 700% premium over the spot market. Grayscale’s Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum Trusts have performed well, as the firm reported its largest inflow in Q1 2020, drawing in $30 million. The firm’s assets grew tenfold since Q1 2019, and CEO Barry Silbert says that more growth is on the way. The asset management firm has doubled down on its cryptocurrency services, buying more Bitcoin than was mined since the last halving and buying almost half of all Ethereum mined in 2020.
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