More Canadians are becoming enamored with cryptocurrencies as bitcoin ownership has risen “sharply” so much that the ownership demographic is beginning to shift, according to a commissioned report from the Bank of Canada released on Wednesday.
The central bank said in its report that the share of Canadians owning bitcoin rose to 13 percent in 2021 from five percent in 2020. 2021 Bitcoin Omnibus Surveyan annual look at the digital currency that the central bank began tracking in 2016. MThe 2020 Bitcoin Ownership Facility came from the Bank of CanadaCash Alternative Survey.
“This increase occurred in the wake of broad increases in Canadians’ savings and wealth during the pandemic,” said the Bank of Canada’s summary of the 2021 survey.
Canadian families had a The savings rate reached 27.2 percent in the second quarter of 2020, the peak of COVID-19, Statistics Canada said at the time. That number fell over subsequent quarters and was 6.2 percent in the second quarter of 2022, but it’s still above the historical national average of nearly 2 percent.
All the extra money resulted in what the Bank of Canada report called “significant increases in Canadian investment in mutual funds and foreign-currency-denominated securities, as well as crypto assets.”
The central bank said that easier access to cryptocurrencies also led to more buying. For example, some financial technology companies, such as Wealthsimple Inc.Bitcoin has begun to be made available alongside more traditional investment options. The report said that a small majority of bitcoin owners (53 percent) made purchases via apps rather than web-based exchanges (47 percent), mining (23 percent) or visiting a bitcoin ATM.
The Bank of Canada survey, conducted by opinion pollster Ipsos in December 2021, also found that the demographics of bitcoin owners are changing.
Bitcoin owners are still more likely to be “relatively young” men, well educated and with good incomes. But 68 percent of bitcoin owners aged 55 or older were new buyers, although this age group still represents only 11 percent of new owners and 4.6 percent of long-term owners.
“In contrast, both Canadian men and young adults (aged 18 to 34) appear to be slowing down their participation in the bitcoin market,” the report said.
The 34-54 age group appears to be reversing the slump, with ownership of this group rising to 15 percent in 2021 from about six percent in 2020.
The report also warned that more women emerged as recent buyers (33 percent) than in the long-term owner category (24 percent), but this may be because men tend to “skew” toward the long-term owner category.
Owners’ education profiles are being expanded to include more individuals with a variety of educational attainment levels including college/CEGEP (in Quebec), trades and high school.
It turns out that the motives of new buyers are different from those of long-term owners, as the former are more likely to make a purchase for investment reasons than for payment purposes, unlike the latter.
If investing was a catalyst, it was also the number one source of buyers’ problems in 2021. Twenty-five percent of survey respondents reported experiencing “price crashes” last year, up from 18 percent in 2019, which isn’t surprising given the value. The price of bitcoin has fallen by 35 percent in 2021. The price of bitcoin has fallen so far this year by 60 percent.
Crime has been another concern for bitcoin holders.
“Owners also reported experiencing a variety of other incidents, such as lost access to their wallets (11 percent), initial coin frauds (seven percent), stolen funds (seven percent), and data breaches (six percent), he said. the report.
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Economists at Canada’s largest bank said on Wednesday that a recession in Canada will start in the first quarter of 2023, sooner than initially expected.
The Royal Bank of Canada made waves in July when its budget department store became the first Bay Street store to predict a recession. Claire Van and Nathan Janzen originally predicted the downturn would come in the second quarter, but in a new report they said several factors would “accelerate the arrival of recession in Canada,” including higher interest rates.
“There are cracks forming in the Canadian economy,” Van Janzen wrote.
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