Despite seeing their investment return above 20% in 2017 for two consecutive years, the richest people in the world say they are not fully satisfied with their asset managers and want to learn more about crypto.
Only a Third of the Richest Were Informed on Crypto
The collective wealth of the world’s millionaires went up to US$70 trillion for the first time, and they will have amassed US$100 trillion by 2025, a survey released earlier this week revealed. The Capgemini World Wealth Report 2018 found that rich people are increasingly interested in cryptocurrencies, but only about half of them are happy with their wealth managers, Reuters reported. Only a third of these millionaires said they got information about cryptocurrencies from their asset managers.
Twenty nine percent of these “high net wealth individuals,” (HNWIs) defined by the Capgemini investigation reportedly expressed a high interest in buying or holding cryptocurrencies, and twenty seven percent said they were just overall interested in the topic. Although the general public is still skeptical about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, an increasing amount of people express a wish to understand it better.
“I am surprised how many of my younger friends are now involved with cryptocurrencies. I wanted to buy some myself, but I don’t understand it well enough to make major investments,” a business woman in Tokyo said. Sally Young (34), who already made millions in real estate investments in the U.S. and in the Philippines, says she is reluctant to invest in crypto at the moment because she doesn’t know enough about them. “When I invest my money, I need to know exactly what I’m investing in,” she said. “With bitcoin, it seems way too difficult to understand how the system really works, and the stories I hear just sound too good to be true,” she explained.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which is the coordinating agency for the world’s central banks, is by definition conservative. In its 2018 annual report released on June 17th, the agency said that “Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a poor substitute for dollars, euros and other central bank-backed [currencies], because they don’t scale with growing demand, require excessive amounts of energy and fluctuate greatly in value.”
In a recent analysis, the BIS also said that digital coins “come up short on all three measures of usefulness as currency,” Reuters reported. “Their prices can fluctuate wildly, making them poor substitutes for fiat currencies for transactions, which require relative stability for price comparison. For similar reasons, they fall short for investing purposes because they cannot be relied upon a store of value.”
Despite regulatory uncertainty and firm caution currently preventing cryptocurrencies from penetrating the wealth management industry, the strong demand for information on crypto from younger HNWIs around the world may force wealth management companies to “at least develop and offer a point of view” in the near future, the World Wealth Report said.
Nearly 50% Japanese Say They Won’t Invest in Crypto
When cryptocurrencies boomed in Japan in 2017, the Japanese crypto investors were mainly people in their 20s and 30s, a survey reported by Nikkei Newspaper this week has showed. By the time the survey was conducted in April of 2018, 17.2% of Japanese people had invested in cryptocurrencies. Although many saw their assets swell by 2 to 5 times their investment at the peak, it was reported that sixty percent people actually suffered losses. Looking closer into those Japanese people who invested in crypto, it was found that more than half of them were under the age of thirty and 52.3% among those have invested less than JPY5 million (US$45,500). Nearly fifty percent responded to the survey that they will not invest in cryptocurrencies in the future.
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