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How Long Do Investors Plan to Hold Onto Bitcoin?

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How Long Do Investor Plan to Hold Onto Bitcoin?

How Long Do Investors Plan to Hold Onto Bitcoin?

Did investors buy bitcoin because it was trendy, or are they committed to cryptocurrency for the long haul?

As in any new and rapidly-growing market, this kind of investor intent and the overall feeling of market sentiment matters a lot. That’s because there are no historical averages or ratios to apply as baselines for value, and if things head south there is always the possibility of a mass exodus.

Buy, Hodl, and Prosper?

Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it helps map out the future price expectations of crypto investors, along with how long they plan to hold onto their digital assets.

But before we get to that, let’s look at why investors bought into the market in the first place:

Reasons for buying Bitcoin:Share
I believe Bitcoin is a world-changing technology41%
A long-term store of value like gold or silver22%
A friend, family member, or trusted source convinced me15%
The price is low and will go higher14%
For transactions or purchases and less of an investment8%

When did people get into the market?

More than 60% of investors got involved in cryptocurrency in 2017, and 56% of investors that hold crypto plan to buy more in the next 12 months.

Future Expectations

What do people expect crypto prices to do in the future, and how long are investors willing to hold?

According to a survey of 1,800 crypto investors around the world at the end of March 2018, a whopping 77.9% see the crypto market gaining more than 30% in value over the next three years.

Meanwhile, another poll from November 2017 asked investors how long they will hold onto their assets:

How long will investors hold onto Bitcoin?Share
>10 years12%
7-10 years10%
4-6 years22%
1-3 years40%
<1 year16%

Only 16% of respondents planned to sell within the next year, and 44% of respondents said they’d hold onto Bitcoin for four or more years.

Concerns About Exchanges

Exchanges are the lifeblood for buying or selling cryptocurrency – so what are the major concerns held by investors about them?

Concerns about crypto exchangesShare
Security40%
High trading fees37%
Lack of liquidity36%
Response time from support team33%
Lack of crypto pairs22%
User friendliness and poor platform interface21%
High withdrawal fees18%
None9%

Security continues to be a topical issue for traders, which is not surprising since it’s estimated that $1.2 billion of crypto has been stolen since 2017. Other issues like high trading fees and the lack of liquidity and lack of currency pairs also poll high.

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The Beginning of a Bitcoin Bull Run?

After 15 months of losses and stagnation, Bitcoin has made a miraculous recovery — going on a 150% bull run since its lows in December 2018.

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The Beginning of a Bitcoin Bull Run?

After 15 months of losses and stagnation, Bitcoin has made a miraculous recovery — rising more than 150% from its lowest point in December 2018.

In its heyday, Bitcoin had surpassed $10,000 in early December 2017, before briefly crossing the $20,000 mark for a single day on December 17th. A year later, the digital currency had fallen back to Earth, dropping below $3,200.

Now that the dust of that wild speculative frenzy has settled, Bitcoin is back on the upswing. What could be causing this most recent surge in growth?

We look at four possible explanations for the Bitcoin bull run, as originally outlined by Aaron Hankin at MarketWatch:

Technical Milestones

Bitcoin has seen several technical milestones this year, such as surpassing the psychological barrier of $5,000 in early 2019, breaking the 200-day moving average, and scoring the golden cross (when the 50-day moving average crosses above the 200-day moving average).

Widespread Adoption

Bitcoin is experiencing a steady increase in adoption across several markets. The term Bitcoin has become a household name — even if people don’t understand what it does, they know what it is.

Companies such as Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon, and Nordstrom are looking for ways to integrate cryptocurrencies into daily transactions for faster payment clearance, innovative rewards programs, and efficient customer service interactions.

bitcoin merchants

Shifting Sentiments

Bitcoin has possibly seen a shift in public perception. There have been fewer negative articles about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and the news stories that are negative no longer have as big of an impact as they once did.

When Binance announced hackers stole $40 million in bitcoin and when accusations of an $850-million cover-up were leveled against Bitfinex and Tether, the Bitcoin bull run barely flinched and continued to climb.

Wavering Gold Investment

Investor confidence in gold has been more stagnant in recent times. To capitalize on this, Grayscale Investments (of Digital Currency Group) posted a campaign in May 2019 promoting Bitcoin as an ideal alternative to gold because it is borderless, secure, and more efficient for storing value.

Despite the World Gold Council’s response denying those claims, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust saw OTC Markets Group’s highest trading volumes five days later.

Where to from here?

After a long skid, it appears Bitcoin is showing signs of life again. Bitcoin’s price can be highly volatile, so it remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of a bull run, or whether this is just another bump in the roller coaster ride.

Editor’s note: The price of Bitcoin has fallen to $7,100 at time of publishing and will likely continue to experience extreme volatility. However, even at a price of $7,100, this is still a 120% increase from lows in Dec 2018. As well, an earlier version of this graphic had incorrect dates on the timeline. That has now been corrected.

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How Decentralized Finance Could Make Investing More Accessible

Under the current global financial system, billions of people do not have access to quality assets. Here’s how decentralized finance is changing that.

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Infographic: How Decentralized Finance Could Make Investing More Accessible

Did you know that a majority of the global population doesn’t have access to quality financial assets?

In advanced economies, we are lucky to have simple options to grow and protect our wealth. Banks are all over the place, markets are robust, and we can invest our money into assets like stocks or bonds at the drop of a hat.

In the United States, roughly 52% of people are invested in the stock market – but in a place like India, for example, this portion drops to a paltry 2%. How can we make it possible for people on the “outside” of the financial system to gain access?

Breaking Down Barriers

Today’s infographic comes to us from Abra, and it shows how decentralized finance could make investing a more universal phenomenon, especially for those that don’t have access to the modern financial system.

It lays out four key obstacles that prevent people in developing markets from investing in quality financial assets in the first place:

  1. The Geographic Lottery
    Where you live plays a massive role in determining your ability to build wealth. In advanced Western economies, the average person is much more likely to be invested in financial markets that can help compound wealth.
  2. Financial Literacy and Complexity
    Roughly 3.5 billion adults globally lack an understanding of basic financial concepts, which creates an impenetrable barrier to investing.
  3. Local Market Turmoil
    Even if a person is mentally prepared to invest, local market turmoil (hyperinflation, political crises, closed borders, etc.) can make it difficult to get access to stable assets.
  4. The Cost of Investing in Foreign Markets
    Foreign assets can be pricey. One share of Amazon is $1,800, which is realistically more money than many people around the world can afford.

In other words, there are billions of people globally that can’t take advantage of some of the most effective wealth-building tactics.

This is just one flaw in the current financial system, a paradigm that has created massive amounts of wealth but only for a specific and well-connected group of people.

Enter Decentralized Finance

Could decentralized finance be the alternative to open up access to financial markets?

By combining apps with blockchain technology – specifically through public blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum – decentralized finance makes it possible to get around some of the barriers that are created by more traditional systems.

Here are some of the innovations that are making this possible:

Smart contracts could automate transactions and remove intermediaries, making investing cheaper, faster, and more accessible.

Fractional investing could allow partial or shared ownership of financial assets by using tokenization. This would make expensive stocks like Amazon ($1,800 per share) available to a much wider segment of the population.

Location independent investing is possible through smartphones. This would make it possible for people in remote parts of the developing world to invest, even without access to nearby financial institutions or local markets.

Like the internet with knowledge, decentralized finance could reshape the world by making financial access universal. Who’s ready?

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