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Survey: 78% of investors see crypto market gaining 30% in value in 3 years

The Visual Capitalist brings us another infographic on what is capturing the interest of many, namely crypto investments.

Did investors buy bitcoin because it was trendy, or are they committed to cryptocurrency for the long haul?

As in any new and rapidly-growing market, this kind of investor intent and the overall feeling of market sentiment matters a lot. That’s because there are no historical averages or ratios to apply as baselines for value, and if things head south there is always the possibility of a mass exodus.

Read: New crypto millions pumped into market signal renewed trust in Bitcoin

Buy and hang on for the long haul?

Today’s infographic (see below) helps to map out the future price expectations of crypto investors, along with how long they plan to hold onto their digital assets.

But before we get to that, let’s look at why investors bought into the market in the first place:

Reasons for buying Bitcoin: Share
I believe Bitcoin is a world-changing technology 41%
A long-term store of value like gold or silver 22%
A friend, family member, or trusted source convinced me 15%
The price is low and will go higher 14%
For transactions or purchases and less of an investment 8%

When did people get into the market?

More than 60% of investors got involved in cryptocurrency in 2017, and 56% of investors that hold cryptos plan to buy more in the next 12 months.

Read: Overcast skies for Bitcoin, but Blockchain is taking the UAE by storm

Future expectations

What do people expect crypto prices to do in the future, and how long are investors willing to hold?

According to a survey (cryptocurrency exchange Huobi’s educational subsidiary ‘Huobi Research’) of close to 2000 crypto investors around the world at the end of March 2018,  78% see the crypto market gaining more than 30% in value over the next three years.

Meanwhile, another poll (by LendEDU) from November 2017 asked investors how long they will hold onto their assets:

How long will investors hold onto Bitcoin? Share
>10 years 12%
7-10 years 10%
4-6 years 22%
1-3 years 40%
<1 year 16%

Only 16% of respondents planned to sell within the next year, and 44% of respondents said they’d hold onto Bitcoin for four or more years.

Read: Bitcoin swinging between boom and doom

Are exchanges safe?

Exchanges are the lifeblood for buying or selling cryptocurrency – so what are the major concerns held by investors about them?

Concerns about crypto exchanges Share
Security 40%
High trading fees 37%
Lack of liquidity 36%
Response time from support team 33%
Lack of crypto pairs 22%
User friendliness and poor platform interface 21%
High withdrawal fees 18%
None 9%

It’s estimated that $1.2 billion of crypto has been stolen since 2017.

Courtesy of Visual Capitalist