Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Survey: Consumers Bullish, Investors Cautiously Optimistic
September 4, 2018

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Survey: Consumers Bullish, Investors Cautiously Optimistic

Mid-Year 2018 Crypto Survey Highlights

We are pleased to announce the results of our second consumer and investor survey on trends in cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. We received 2,490 responses from consumers and 528 responses from individual accredited and institutional investors. By comparison, our first survey in early 2018 contained 2,352 responses from consumers and 106 responses from investors. Survey participants represented a wide range of private and public market investment styles. Despite the 60 percent decline in cryptocurrency valuations this year, consumers and investors continue to offer a bullish, long term outlook for crypto and Blockchain. However, investors have become less optimistic about near-term cryptocurrency trends while con-sumers’ positive outlook remains largely unchanged since the beginning of the year.

Despite the 60 percent decline in cryptocurrency valuations this year, consumers and investors continue to offer a bullish, long term outlook for crypto and Blockchain.

  • Growing demand and positive outlook for cryptocurrencies but some creeping doubts.
    Cryptocurrency prices have see sawed over the past several months. Nevertheless, 59 percent of investors and 72 percent of consumers plan to increase their holdings over the next 12 months. Majority of respondents expect crypto valuations to increase over the next 12 months though investors were less bullish than in our previous survey. 57 percent of investors and 66 percent of consumers expect growth in crypto valuations over the next year.
  • Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP are most popular crypto holdings.
    Both investors and consumers overwhelmingly picked Bitcoin as the top currency they own, followed by Ethereum, XRP and Litecoin. The three currencies, they said, offer the most potential for long term success. Bitcoin, in particular, saw a significant jump in investor interest. Positive investor sentiment for Bitcoin grew to 78 percent from 48 percent. XRP remains investors’ preferred choice over Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.
  • Growing number of companies are implementing Blockhain technology.
    32 percent of investors and 49 percent of consumers say employers are planning to roll out Blockchain in the near future.
  • Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology may take longer to go mainstream.
    Both investors and consumers tempered their expectations for widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies. The percentage of investors who think crypto will go mainstream in 2020 dropped to 27 percent from 51 percent; 37 percent from 42 percent among consumers. More people now feel 2025 is a more realistic time table for digital currencies.
  • Volatility and security are key concerns for Crypto ownership while lack of education and commercial use pose key challenges to Blockchain adoption.
    Over 50 percent of survey takers picked volatility and over 37 percent picked safety and security as their top concerns. Both crypto and non-crypto owners have expressed similar sentiments. 55 percent of investors and 57 percent of consumers picked lack of understanding as the top challenge while half of both investors and consumers believe lack of effective use cases as their primary concern.

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