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Interest in Bitcoin and NFTs surges among the super-rich in Hong Kong and Singapore

Interest in Bitcoin and NFTs surges among the super-rich in Hong Kong and Singapore

Despite its volatility over the past two years, the cryptocurrency industry continues to expand, partially driven by the interest of investors in diversifying their portfolio with the novel asset class, including family offices and the ultra-rich of Hong Kong and Singapore.

Indeed, the majority of family offices (FOs) and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) from Hong Kong and Singapore are investing in crypto assets, a study titled ‘Investing in Digital Assets – Family office and high-net-worth investor perspectives on digital asset allocation’ and published on October 24, by KPMG China and Aspen Digital has revealed.

Majority of super-rich invests in crypto

As per the report, 92% of the respondents in these territories said they were interested in crypto investing, with 58% of FOs and HNWIs already investing in digital assets and 34% planning to do so in the future.

Investment interest among FOs and HNWIs in HK and Singapore. Source: KPMG/Aspen Digital

As Yang He, the CEO of the crypto asset management platform Aspen Digital, explained these results:

“Over the last 18 months, we have seen a huge increase of institutional investor interest in digital assets. For the Asian private wealth management industry, digital assets represent an emerging asset class with opportunities that are unrivaled within other financial products.”

Furthermore, the most popular digital assets were found to be Bitcoin (BTC), with 100% of crypto investors buying it, and Ethereum (ETH), with 87%, whereas 60% of the interviewed respondents were currently investing in non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Digital asset allocation among FOs and HNWIs in HK and Singapore. Source: KPMG/Aspen Digital

That said, Paul McSheaffrey, financial services partner at the auditing and advisory firm KPMG China stressed that:

“To increase allocation to digital assets requires related hedging and derivative products to allow investors to manage risk effectively. The development of such products outside of popular tokens such as Bitcoin and Ethereum will help to drive allocation to a wider range of digital assets.”

Hong Kong and Singapore as crypto hubs

Meanwhile, both Hong Kong and Singapore are vying for the enviable status of the main crypto industry hub, with both doing their part to outdo the other in various areas of interest, including regulation and banking.

Specifically, Hong Kong is mulling allowing retail investors to directly invest in digital assets, while working on legislation that would clear up its policies on cryptocurrencies and contribute to the growth of the crypto market in the city, as Finbold reported.

At the same time, Singapore’s largest bank DBS Group Holdings has expanded access to crypto trading services for its 100,000 wealthy investors, while two crypto and Coinbase – received operational approval from the government in one week.

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