50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

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Fifty traders who use Indian crypto exchange Instashift have shared their thoughts on the current crypto environment in India. Most of them said that they “hodl” and would continue to invest in crypto despite regulatory uncertainty.

Also read: RBI Argues Supreme Court Should Not Interfere With Its Crypto Decision

Most Respondents Are Hodlers

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in IndiaA survey was conducted in the first week of October by Indian cryptocurrency exchange Instashift exclusively for news.Bitcoin.com. Launched in March, Instashift offers the buying and selling of over 80 cryptocurrencies.

Fifty active traders in India participated. The goal of the survey was to find out what they think about various crypto-related issues including their investment concerns, the crypto banking ban by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and whether they will keep investing in crypto despite regulatory uncertainty.

Among the 50 traders who responded, 43 said that they hodl while seven revealed that they invest short-term.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

Furthermore, 40 traders believe bitcoin is a safe haven against rupee inflation while 10 traders disagree.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

Crypto Investing Despite RBI Ban

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in IndiaIndia is currently drafting crypto regulations which were supposed to be ready in September but have been delayed. Meanwhile, RBI, the country’s central bank, has banned financial institutions under its jurisdiction from providing services to crypto businesses. A number of petitions have been filed against the ban. The country’s supreme court has been trying to hear them since Sept. 11, but the hearing has continually been postponed.

The banking ban by the central bank has adversely impacted some exchanges. One of the country’s largest crypto trading platforms, Zebpay, recently shut down its exchange operations due to the banking problem.

Despite the ban, 32 Instashift traders said that they would continue to invest in crypto even if the RBI intensifies its crackdown such as freezing crypto accounts. Another 12 traders noted that they are also likely to continue trading while six respondents said they would discontinue crypto trading.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

In addition, 36 traders believe that the Indian government will amend existing laws to accommodate cryptocurrencies. Ten respondents believe that the regulators will remove restrictions on crypto. However, only four traders believe that crypto will be legalized and regulated in India.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

Preferred Cash-Out Methods

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in IndiaA number of crypto exchanges in India have come up with their own solutions to the RBI ban. Some have introduced exchange-escrowed peer-to-peer trading services, which they claim have gained much popularity.

Respondents were asked about their preferred methods of cashing out cryptocurrencies into rupees. Forty-eight traders said they prefer to cash out using peer-to-peer sites. Five traders prefer to use local cash deals, four prefer to use gift cards and online deals, and four others prefer to cash out using prepaid crypto Visa and Mastercard services.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

On Sunday, another cash-out method was introduced by one of India’s largest crypto exchanges, Unocoin. The company has launched crypto ATMs to bypass the RBI ban and allow its users to deposit and withdraw rupees. This option was announced after the Instashift survey had concluded, so it was not included in the survey.

As for where to keep their funds, 24 traders prefer to keep them in BTC, 14 prefer altcoins, and 12 specifically prefer stablecoins. Recently, an increasing number of crypto exchanges in India have started listing stablecoins such as tether (USDT) and trueusd (TUSD).

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

Future Prospects of Crypto Ecosystem in India

Amid the banking ban, 35 respondents believe that the fear of regulatory uncertainty is the biggest hurdle stopping the Indian crypto economy from flourishing. Twenty-six traders believe that the lack of banking support is the biggest challenge. Twenty-five traders put the lack of understanding of the crypto industry as the most important factor, while 18 traders attributed the lack of liquidity in the market as the top reason.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

Despite all the hurdles, 41 traders said that they are long-term investors and will continue to invest in crypto. Seventeen traders admitted that they are apprehensive but expect the government to eventually create a positive environment for cryptocurrencies. However, four respondents are entertaining the idea of exiting the crypto space altogether.

50 Indian Traders Share Thoughts on Investing, RBI Ban, Future of Crypto in India

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Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading Services

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading Services

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Fidelity Investments has announced the launch of a new company dedicated to providing cryptocurrency services including custody and trade execution. The services will be available to institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices, and market intermediaries.

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New Crypto Company Formed

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading ServicesLeading financial services corporation Fidelity Investments announced on Monday the launch of a new company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services LLC. The firm explained:

The company will offer enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for digital assets, commonly referred to as cryptocurrencies, to sophisticated institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices and market intermediaries.

The services offered will be in three areas: institutional-grade custody, trade execution, and dedicated client service.

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading ServicesThe custody service will provide “a secure, compliant, and institutional-grade omnibus storage solution for bitcoin, ether and other digital assets,” Fidelity detailed, adding that its solution consists of vaulted cold storage and an access control system the firm described as “multi-level physical and cyber.”

The trade execution service will leverage the firm’s internal crossing engine and smart order router which “will allow for execution at multiple market venues.” Lastly, its clients “will have access to a dedicated team of client service specialists, from onboarding throughout the entire relationship with the company,” the firm elaborated.

Tom Jessop, head of Fidelity Digital Asset Services, told CNBC that the firm already works with 13,000 institutional clients. He noted:

These institutions require a sophisticated level of service and security, equal to the experience they’re used to when trading stocks or bonds.

With assets under administration of $7.2 trillion, Fidelity says it helps more than 27 million people invest their own life savings and employs more than 40,000 associates.

Fidelity’s Crypto Efforts

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading ServicesAbigail P. Johnson.

Fidelity Investments’ chairman and CEO, Abigail P. Johnson, first revealed her firm’s crypto plans in May last year. She said at the time, “I love this stuff … and what the future holds … I’d like to think that huge new markets and products will be built on these open platforms.”

The firm began researching cryptocurrency in its blockchain incubator in 2013. It has experimented with crypto mining and has integrated with Coinbase to allow customers to see their crypto balances on the Fidelity website. In 2017, Fidelity Charitable, a public charity, received $69 million in crypto donations.

In Monday’s announcement, Johnson commented:

Our goal is to make digitally-native assets, such as bitcoin, more accessible to investors … We expect to continue investing and experimenting, over the long-term, with ways to make this emerging asset class easier for our clients to understand and use.

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Bitcoin After Death: The Perils of Sharing One’s Fortune

Bitcoin After Death: Inheritance That Can Be Lost Forever

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If you are a young fortune-hunter toiling away on a computer in a basement, the prospect of death probably isn’t among your top considerations. Equally, if the main draw to crypto is its relative privacy, you may not be particularly eager to share your private keys with your loved ones, as a hacker could sift through your papers, weaponize your keys and empty your savings.

Also read: Death & Bitcoin: How I Prepared My Family’s Digital Inheritance

 Prepare for the Inevitable

Most privacy-obsessed, wealth-chasing geeks are used to keeping their private keys a total secret. But when the Grim Reaper shows up unannounced, the family of an anonymous crypto-millionaire can be left without access to their relative’s riches. In one of the most widely publicized recent examples, paranoid U.S. investor Matthew Mellon died earlier this year, leaving few clues to a crypto fortune reportedly valued at more than $500 million.

Bitcoin After Death: Inheritance That Can Be Lost ForeverIn South Africa, for instance, thousands of people have invested in cryptocurrencies. However, once they pass away, many of those individuals will die with their holdings.

“As a young industry, with little regulation, it is crucial for investors to become more responsible in their attitude towards cryptocurrency investing,” Eran Brill, an investment management director at Stonehage Fleming in South Africa, recently told one news site. “Investors need a storage execution strategy for account information, as well as advice on the implications regarding the deceased estate, including access to accounts, distribution to beneficiaries, and tax implications.”

 The ‘Double Funeral’ Dilemma

There have already been several examples around the world of bitcoin investors who have died without leaving their keys for their relatives. In such cases, families must deal with a kind of “double funeral,” as they mourn the loss of their loved ones while coming to terms with the loss of an irretrievable fortune that might have been theirs.

This underscores how bitcoin’s main attraction — its safe remove from regulators and impenetrable privacy from regulation — can also become its fatal weakness. Users may enjoy immunity from high bank fees and taxes, but they miss out on the good side of the old system, such as help with the administration of their estates.

Bitcoin After Death: Inheritance That Can Be Lost Forever

According to Chainalysis, about 25 percent of all bitcoins now in circulation (valued at roughly $23.5 billion) have already been lost forever. Death likely accounts for a good portion of these losses. But the recent example of Mellon, in particular, may encourage investors to start thinking beyond their own lives.

Mellon died in April at the age of 54. He passed away with up to $500 million in ripple stashed away in cold storage under fake names in banks across the U.S. But the secretive millionaire took his fortune with him, because he failed to name heirs to his wealth and did not provide information on how to access his crypto wallets.

Posthumous losses of cryptocurrency will likely become more of a problem in the years to come, as investors will remain inclined to value secrecy to safeguard their wallets. While death is a concern, bitcoin wealth can also be lost through theft, accidental deletion, security breaches, and the loss of passwords and hard drives. This explains, in part, why cryptocurrency investors are secretive about their details.

Mixed Blessing

Legislators in South Africa, the second-largest crypto market on the African continent after Nigeria, are still wrapping their heads around bitcoin regulation, nine years after the introduction of the virtual currency. But regulation could prove to be a mixed blessing for account holders. On the negative side, the South African tax regulator now recognizes cryptocurrency as an “asset of intangible nature.” But on the positive side, the introduction of new rules could mean that players operating in this decentralized space will be able to claim greater protection if the need arises.

Bitcoin After Death: Inheritance That Can Be Lost Forever

South Africa’s formal recognition of bitcoin means its laws of succession apply to cryptocurrencies, as with other investments in the estates of deceased individuals. However, it is still up to investors themselves to formally identify their heirs in their wills.

That said, having a will does not automatically mean that one’s bitcoin wealth will get passed down to loved ones. Private keys are still needed to unlock crypto wallets, which is why individuals need to leave clear instructions on how their heirs can access their fortunes.

Inheritable digital safe services such as Digipulse help people to keep their bitcoin information safe, while allowing it to be utilized for legacy purposes. Simpler methods might include entrusting third parties with copies of private keys, either on paper or in digital format, but such options necessitate a level of trust.

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