Bitwise/ETF Trends Releases 3rd Annual Cryptoassets Survey Results

On Tuesday, Bitwise Asset Management, a leading provider of crypto index funds, and ETF Trends, a leading source of exchange-traded fund news, tips, webcasts, and investing ideas, released the findings of the Bitwise/ETF Trends 2021 Benchmark Survey Of Financial Advisor Attitudes Toward Cryptoassets.

Nearly 1,000 financial advisors answered a series of questions on cryptoassets and their use in client portfolios. The survey respondents included independent registered investment advisors, broker-dealer representatives, financial planners, and wirehouse representatives from across the U.S.

Advisor Survey Results

The information was certain proven to be quite valuable. Among the key findings, it was shown there has been a Nearly 50% increase in the number of advisors allocating to crypto compared With last year. The percentage of advisors allocating to crypto in client portfolios rose from 6.3% to 9.4% in 2020.

Additionally, 17% of advisors are considering making their first allocation to crypto in 2021. Among advisors who are not currently allocating to crypto, 17% are either “definitely” (2%) or “probably” (15%) allocating in 2021. If all do so, it would more than double the number of advisors allocating to crypto, bringing adoption to over 1 in every 5 advisors.

The number one motivation for advisors is crypto’s uncorrelated returns, and inflation hedging is of rising interest. 54% of advisors selected “uncorrelated returns” as a motivation for including crypto in portfolios. This finding was in line with last year’s survey results. “Inflation hedging” saw the largest uptick in interest, with 25% of advisors highlighting it as an attractive feature of crypto, up from just 9% last year.

With that in mind, most advisors are getting questions about crypto from clients. 81% of all financial advisors reported they were receiving questions from clients on crypto in 2020, up from 76% in 2019.

And lastly, advisors are increasingly optimistic about bitcoin’s price. 15% expect the price of bitcoin to exceed $100,000 within five years, up from just 4% in 2019. Meanwhile, the percentage expecting bitcoin’s price to fall to zero decreased sharply, from 8% in last year’s survey to 4% this year.

The Trend Takeaway

This continues the trend of the last few years: In Bitwise’s 2019 survey, 14% of surveyed advisors thought the price would fall to zero. It seems nearly two-thirds of advisors changed their minds about that.

“The survey shows it’s still early days for crypto, with less than 10% of advisors allocating today,” said Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise. “At the same time, adoption and interest are growing: The survey suggests the number of advisors allocating could double or more in the year ahead.”

“Financial advisors are increasingly looking for exposure to alternative assets, and interest in crypto is rising,” said Tom Lydon, founder and CEO of ETF Trends. “We’ve also seen a steady progression of interest in crypto from clients of financial advisors in the three years we’ve run this survey together. I see no reason for that to change in the year to come.”

The survey for the report was conducted in December 2020. Complete findings of the survey are available in the report here.

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