June 14, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Even as the cryptocurrency market is going through a massive sell-off, a new survey has revealed that most retailers are waiting for the ideal time to invest in cryptos as soon as this year.
The Bank of America (BAC) conducted a survey of 1,000 people in early June which found that 90% of respondents were preparing to buy cryptocurrencies within the next six months.
Further, the study noted that the number of users who owned cryptocurrencies was similar to the number who wanted to buy.
“Using it (crypto) as a payment method is interesting for sure, and we think what that’s highlighting is the increased use of what we call crypto-to-fiat type products,” Bank of America analyst Jason Kupferberg told CNBC Monday.
Further, according to the survey, 39% of respondents noted that they used cryptocurrencies as a means of payment for online purchases, which differs from the narrative of cryptocurrency enthusiasts who talk about these assets as a store of value in the face of inflation.
The crypto market is now worth less than $1 trillion for the first time in 16 months as Bitcoin, Ether, and other tokens sell off. The global market cap was down 11.37% at $928.48billion, as of 2.57 a.m. ET. Bitcoin has lost around 65% of its value since November 2021 when it touched $69k mark. Bitcoin was trading at $22,160.
Kupferberg compared the crypto landscape to the internet stocks of the early 2000s when many companies emerged but only a few became long-term successes.
“The reality is that there are too many crypto exchanges, there are too many cryptocurrencies and tokens,” Kupferberg said. “There’s going to need to be some sort of consolidation.”
About the author
Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.