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Uncertainty over regulation remains a key barrier to crypto investing according to Bitstamp.

Global crypto exchange Bitstamp released its Crypto Pulse survey on Tuesday and concluded that both institutional and retail investors believe that crypto will overtake many traditional investment vehicles within a decade — specifically 8 out of 10, or 80%, of institutional respondents and 54% of retail investors.

The survey also polled opinions on whether crypto will see mainstream adoption within the next 10 years. With slightly higher results, 88% of institutional respondents and 75% of retail investors responded affirmatively. This overall bullish attitude came from 28,563 respondents, including 5,450 senior institutional investment strategy decision makers and 23,113 retail investors, from 23 countries.

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— Bitstamp (@Bitstamp) April 26, 2022

Julian Sawyer, CEO of Bitstamp, said in a statement that cryptocurrency is now at the forefront of mainstream investing. She added:

“We’ve seen interest propel in the years since the pandemic, and crypto is now part of the wider conversation in global macro-economic matters. Our survey shows something we have advocated over a long time: talking about survival of digital assets is firmly over — the question is now about evolution.”

When it came to trusting in crypto as an asset class, 71% of investment professionals and 65% of everyday investors stated that in crypto they trust. When compared to trust in property ownership, shares and stocks, however, crypto is trusted less. For retail respondents, 67% believe crypto is a trustworthy investment, while 11% said that crypto was untrustworthy. And as for decentralized finance, or DeFi, investment vehicles like stablecoins and NFTs, levels of trust went above 60% across retail and institutional investors.

Bitstamp suggested that any hesitation may stem from the lack of regulation around crypto. It added that trust at a global level in crypto is primarily driven by developing countries and unstable economies, where trust in the traditional financial system is low. In the U.S., President Joe Biden signed an executive order that addresses a regulatory framework for digital assets in March. 

Recently, Bitstamp increased its compliance efforts by requesting its users to provide more data info like nationality, place of birth, tax residency and the source of wealth. 

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