Roughly two out of three “fund selectors” don’t think individual investors should own cryptocurrency in their portfolios, largely for reasons related to transparency and regulation, according to a Natixis Investment Managers survey.
Fund selectors at brokerage houses, financial advisory shops, private banks and other institutions analyze and choose the investments their firms offer customers.
Sixty-eight percent don’t think individuals should have access to crypto, according to the survey, which polled 141 U.S. investment executives at firms that manage $2.7 trillion in client assets.
However, that sentiment is butting up against high demand for digital currencies like bitcoin and Ethereum, especially among younger investors — 40% of survey respondents say clients are increasingly asking for crypto access.
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More than 10% of investors own crypto, ranking the digital coins behind real estate, stocks, mutual funds, and bonds, according to a CNBC survey published in August. Two-thirds of them bought in over the last year, largely because of how easy it’s become to trade the assets.
Meanwhile, crypto exchanges marketed heavily during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Proponents like Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have also helped fuel investor enthusiasm.
And financial firms continue to add ways for investors to buy into the digital frenzy. The first exchange-traded funds linked to the price of bitcoin futures debuted in October.
About 70% also conceded their firm needs more education in digital assets and cryptocurrencies before investing in them. Crypto hesitancy extends beyond fund selectors, though.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in July that crypto “puts the [U.S. financial] system at the whims of some shadowy, faceless group of super coders and miners.”