COVID-19 pandemic has increased investor interest in Bitcoin, reveals a survey by Grayscale
A survey conducted by Grayscale Investments indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased investor interest in Bitcoin (BTC).
The company interviewed 1,000 U.S. consumers, ages 25 to 64, involved in investments of $10,000 or more. The survey was conducted between June and July of this year: 63% of those who had invested in Profit Revolution in the previous four months said the pandemic affected this decision, while 39% admitted that the pandemic made Bitcoin more attractive. Only 13% said that COVID-19 made cryptocurrency a less attractive asset:
„According to survey respondents, Bitcoin shares some attributes with investments in shelter assets. The scarcity of currency, its verifiable nature, its low correlation with global markets and the fact that it is not controlled by government organizations: all these factors make Bitcoin comparable to traditional shelter assets“.
Grayscale’s study therefore seems to support the theory that Bitcoin is an excellent shelter asset, already supported by many analysts. The survey also found that interest in BTC increases in parallel with the level of education: only 17% of respondents without a degree expressed interest in cryptocurrency, compared to 29% of those who had one.
One and a half years after the first JPM Coin announcement, JPMorgan Chase’s in-house stablecoin is now active and used by a leading international technology company for 24-hour cross-border payments.
According to a report published on October 27, this real-world demonstration that technology improves efficiency and reduces costs has strengthened the banking conglomerate’s confidence in the promise and profitability of the technology. Anticipating that other business customers will register to use the stablecoin, JPMorgan has created a business dedicated to digital currencies and blockchain.
The new business unit, called „Onyx,“ has more than 100 staff members and is led by Umar Farooq as CEO. Takis Georgakopoulos, head of JPMorgan’s Payment Division, explained to reporters:
„We are moving into a period of commercialization, moving from research and development to something that can become a real company.
In the wake of PayPal’s recent entry into crypto, incumbents‘ confidence that the blockchain can actually generate profits seems to be on the rise. The experiments and development with the technology carried out so far by JPMorgan can be divided into several key areas.
First, the institution is conducting since 2017 a pilot program for an Interbank Information Network based on blockchain, in which more than 400 participating banks and companies are involved. JPMorgan believes that the network, now renamed Liink, can offer significant efficiency savings for complex correspondent bank interactions in cross-border wholesale payments. JPMorgan itself is responsible for more than $6 trillion in cross-border wholesale payment flows per day in over 100 different countries.
In addition, the bank has identified the usefulness of the blockchain to innovate the obsolete system dedicated to processing „hundreds of millions“ of paper cheques.
The blockchain and digitization can completely eliminate the physical aspects of this exchange, offering a secure alternative. Georgakopoulos said that in a few months the commercial launch of a new blockchain system is planned:
„By using a version of the blockchain in which participants are the main issuers of cheques and major operators of safes, you can save 75% of today’s total cost to the industry, making the checks available within minutes instead of days.
Finally, JPMorgan relies on the blockchain for the creation of new payment channels for global central banks and their ever-evolving Central Bank Digital Currency. Pointing to China and Singapore, Georgakopoulos expressed his confidence that the probability of adopting a CBDC is „very high.