Posthaste: Record Savings Rate Fuels Rise in Bitcoin Ownership Among Canadians

Demographics of new buyers starting to change, Bank of Canada report shows

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More Canadians have fallen in love with cryptocurrencies and bitcoin ownership has increased so “sharply” that its ownership demographics are beginning to change, according to a report commissioned by the Bank of Canada released Wednesday.

The proportion of Canadians who owned bitcoin rose to 13 percent in 2021 from five percent in 2020, the central bank said in its 2021 Bitcoin Omnibus Survey, an annual look at the digital currency that the central bank began tracking in 2016. METERbitcoin ownership measures for 2020 come from the bank of canadaAlternative cash survey.

“This increase followed widespread increases in Canadians’ savings and wealth during the pandemic,” the Bank of Canada’s 2021 survey summary said.

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Canadian households had a savings rate of 27.2% in the second quarter of 2020, the height of COVID-19, Statistics Canada reported at the time. That number has fallen in subsequent quarters and was 6.2% in the second quarter of 2022, but it is still above the historical national average of about two percent.

All the extra money resulted in what the Bank of Canada report called “significant increases in Canadian investment in mutual funds and securities denominated in foreign currencies, as well as crypto assets.”

The central bank said that easier access to cryptocurrencies also led to more purchases. For example, some fintech companies, such as Wealthsimple Inc., have started offering bitcoin alongside more traditional investment options. A small majority of bitcoin owners (53 percent) made their purchases through apps rather than through web-based exchanges (47 percent), mining (23 percent), or by visiting a Bitcoin ATM, according to the report.

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The Bank of Canada survey, conducted in December 2021 by pollster Ipsos, also found that the demographics of bitcoin owners are changing.

Bitcoin owners are more likely to be “relatively young”, well-educated men with a good income. But 68 percent of bitcoin owners age 55 and older were recent buyers, though this age group only accounts for 11 percent of recent owners and 4.6 percent of long-term owners.

“In contrast, both Canadian men and youth (ages 18-34) appear to be slowing their participation in the bitcoin market,” the report says.

The 34-54 age group appears to be picking up the slack, with ownership in that cohort rising to 15 percent in 2021 from around six percent in 2020.

More women also appeared as recent buyers (33 percent) than in the long-term homeowner category (24 percent), but that could be because men tend to “skew” toward the long-term homeowner category, she said. The report.

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Owner education profiles are expanding to include more people with a variety of education levels, including college/CEGEP (in Quebec), trades, and high school.

The motivations of new buyers were found to differ from those of long-term homeowners, with the former being more likely to make a purchase for investment reasons than for payment reasons, unlike the latter.

If investing was a motivator, it was also the number one source of trouble for shoppers in 2021. Twenty-five percent of respondents reported experiencing “price drops” in the past year, up from 18 percent in 2019, and it’s no surprise. given the value. of bitcoin fell 35 percent in 2021. The price of bitcoin so far this year is down 60 percent.

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Crime was another concern for bitcoin owners.

“Owners also reported experiencing a variety of other incidents, including losing access to their wallets (11 percent), initial coin offering scams (seven percent), stolen funds (seven percent), and data breaches ( six percent),” the report said.


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Today’s Posthaste was written by Gigi Suhanic (@gsuhanic), with additional information from The Canadian Press, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.

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