Majority of Indian investors see ‘no easy way to enter’ crypto

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Most mainstream Indian investors still do not see an easy way to enter the crypto markets despite recent regulatory liberalization regarding virtual currencies.

A comprehensive survey from India’s CoinDCX exchange has found that most local investors don’t see an “easy way” to access exposure to crypto assets. That’s despite the country reversing a ban on financial institutions providing services to digital asset businesses earlier this year.

According to the OKEx-affiliated exchange’s findings, 56% of respondents under the age of 40 assert there is stil “no easy way to enter” the markets. This sentiment is also shared by 60% of respondents earning less than 500,000 Indian Rupees ($6,700) per year.

Many segments of India’s population also cite a lack of “legal & regulatory clarity” as the largest barrier to entering the crypto sector, including 22% of respondents aged 40 or above, 32% of undergraduates, and 23% of real estate investors.

Graduates and respondents aged from 20 to 30 identified “knowledge & education” regarding crypto as the biggest challenge to its adoption.

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CoinDCX queried more than 11,300 participants digitally for its survey, including 3,512 of its own customers.

Challenges to Indian crypto adoption: CoinDCX survey

The findings indicate that 40% of India’s crypto investors hail from one of three professional backgrounds — IT, finance, or education.

While 12% of respondents working in the banking industry stated they have owned crypto assets, 22% agree with the statement that virtual currencies are a strong alternative investment suggesting this could be a growth sector in the country.

Nearly two-thirds of crypto investors are salaried, while 12% are self-employed, and just 8% are students. Despite the low-level of crypto-ownership among students, 87% of hodlers were found to have at least graduated university.

Interestingly there were very few survey respondents willing to write off crypto entirely with less than 5% of retired, unemployed, or homemaker respondents asserting cryptocurrencies offer “zero utility.” This figure drops below 1% among graduates.

In May of this year, India’s Supreme Court overturned a ban on banks providing financial services to businesses handling crypto assets that had been enacted by the Reserve Bank of India in July 2018.

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Despite many crypto firms continuing to complain that banks are reluctant to work with them, India’s virtual currency sector has expanded significantly since the first quarter. India has emerged as a major peer-to-peer market for Bitcoin trading, local exchange Zebpay revealed plans to launch a marketplace for non-fungible tokens, and Binance launched a local accelerator for decentralized finance projects.

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