Nearly 40% of Chinese Would Still Invest in Cryptocurrencies, Survey Finds

A recently conducted survey has found that despite the prolonged bear market that saw most cryptocurrencies lose between 80% and 90% of their value, nearly 40% of respondents would still invest in cryptocurrencies if they had spare funds.

According to 8BTC, the survey was conducted by local news outlet PANews, and it found that 82.8% of the polled individuals would consider buying crypto a “trendy investment,” while 40% claim they would like to invest.

While the report doesn’t detail how the survey was conducted, it claims it asked 4,980 Chinese individuals about cryptocurrencies between November 26 and December 10 of this year, and managed to get 4,200 valid questionnaires.

Most Have Heard Of Crypto

Notably, the local news outlet claims it found that 98.22% of respondents had heard of at least one concept related to cryptocurrencies. About 50% claimed to have heard of cryptocurrency, digital currency, or bitcoin, while 42.3% claimed to have heard about blockchain technology.

The concept of a blockchain-based token wasn’t as popular, as only 22.2% heard about it. Among those who claimed to have heard about blockchain technology, 20% had “some knowledge” about it, but most knew blockchain tech at “a relatively surface level.”

Millennials, the report adds, are more familiar with cryptos. As CryptoGlobe covered other surveys have found millennials are into cryptocurrencies, as consultant Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2018 found more than 25% of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) surveyed “place importance” on getting information about the ecosystem.

The report notably points out that those who responded to the survey were more familiar with cryptocurrency in general than with bitcoin. This, it claims, as cryptocurrencies are, in general, seen as an investment product.

Out of the 14% of respondents who have invested in cryptocurrencies, about 20% only heard about bitcoin, while the remaining 80% heard about top altcoins like Ethereum. Per the survey, Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) appear to play an important role in familiarizing people with cryptocurrencies, as nearly 38% of respondents learned about crypto from online celebrities and the community in general.

About 26%, it adds, found out about crypto from friends and relatives, while mainstream media reports got to 20% of the survey’s respondents.

Investing In Crypto

Out of the who 598 reportedly bought cryptocurrencies, and 60.5% of them were aged 19-28 and invested between $1,450 and $14,500. Most entered the market after last year’s bull run. When asked where they would invest if they had some available funds, 39.6% claimed they would go with crypto.

The most popular answer here were stocks in popular companies and real estate. Interestingly, earlier this year a survey conducted by Get Living, a real estate developer in the United Kingdom, found that 21% of UK millennials would prefer investing in BTC over real estate.

In PANews’ survey, most revealed they would invest in crypto after being influenced by get-rich-quick stories, while nearly 59% said they weren’t investing because of “the complicated procedures when they encounter in wallet use and in crypto exchanges.”

Notably, 63.43% of respondents didn’t see a need to use cryptocurrencies as a payment method, as mobile payment solutions like Alipay and WeChat Pay are “convenient in the country.”

ErisX Tells Regulator's Why Ethereum Futures Would Create Better Markets

  • Nasdaq and Fidelity Investments-backed ErisX exchange sends explanation letter to CFTC.
  • Letter explains that regulated Ether-based futures contract would create more efficient crypto markets.

ErisX, a US-based digital asset exchange, has filed a comment letter with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - after the federal regulator requested more information regarding Ethereum (ETH)’s current market.

Submitted on Friday, February 15, ErisX’s letter asserted:

The introduction of a regulated futures contract on Ether would have a positive impact on the growth and maturation of the market.

As covered, ErisX is a newly launched cryptoasset exchange that received $27.5 million in starting capital from multi-trillion dollar investment manager, Fidelity and Nasdaq Ventures, which is Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) VC investment division.

Consistent With CFTC's Efforts

In December 2018, ErisX’s management revealed its plans to offer bitcoin (BTC), litecoin (LTC), and ether (ETH) spot trading and it also noted that it was seeking regulatory approval - in order to list cryptocurrency futures at a later point this year. Explaining why such futures contracts would help investors, ErisX’s letter noted that “listing and trading Ether futures compliantly on CFTC regulated markets is consistent” with the financial regulator’s efforts to create “open, transparent, competitive, and financially sound derivative trading markets.”

The letter from ErisX further mentioned that regulated crypto-based futures would “prohibit fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices in connection with derivatives and other products subject to the (Commodity Exchange Act) CEA.” According to the CFTC, bitcoin can be considered a commodity as it has been designed to potentially replace existing fiat currencies (as a medium-of-exchange). Because of bitcoin and ethereum’s decentralized nature, they are arguably not securities, the CFTC has clarified on several occasions.

Explaining the differences between the Ethereum and Bitcoin protocol, ErisX’s letter has stated: 

Ethereum built upon some of the architectural principles of Bitcoin to extend [its] functionality of [a] distributed, (cryptographically) secured, (blockchain-enabled) record-keeping system to include new computational capabilities for the execution of arbitrary code.

"Unregulated Exchanges And Brokers" Trying To "Fill The Gap"

Per ErisX’s analysis of current trends in the global Ethereum (and larger digital asset) market, there is still not a proper regulatory framework in place. This, according to ErisX, has discouraged several large enterprises from entering the fragile crypto ecosystem. At present, ErisX believes there’s a trend emerging in which “unregulated or lightly regulated ‘exchanges’ [and] ‘brokers’ [are trying] to fill the gap, many of them off-shore.” However, ErisX cautioned there may be certain risks associated with this type of market such as increased volatility and liquidity fluctuations.

As noted in ErisX’s letter:

Not unique to Ether, but [current crypto markets could suffer due to] the current fragmented global market structure of trading platforms and ‘exchanges’ with significantly varying degrees of regulatory oversight and operational transparency and integrity.

By introducing standardized, CFTC-regulated Ether-based financial products, ErisX argues the crypto space might receive a more positive response from institutional investors - which could potentially lead to “more robust, liquid, and resilient markets.”