A rise in Bitcoin prices is the most important factor for a significant increase in the number of new investors, instead of distrust in public institutions, dislike for traditional banks, or search for a store of value, according to a report by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). 

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Fast facts

  • Users are typically active on crypto exchange apps after Bitcoin prices rise, revealed a “BIS working papers” report published on Nov. 14. Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. 
  • About 40% of these new users are men under 35 years old, commonly identified as the most “risk-seeking” segment of the population who are more sensitive to changes in Bitcoin prices compared to women or older users.
  • “The price of Bitcoin remains the most important factor when we control for global uncertainty or volatility, contradicting explanations based on Bitcoin as a safe haven,” the report said.
  • BIS said its findings raise concerns that the general public or retail investors are not fully aware of the risks involved in the crypto sector.

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