Bitcoin's record-breaking rally to a $1 trillion market capitalization on Friday has increased the buzz around cryptocurrencies. Debates on whether these are worthy investments have flourished among investors, analysts, and the public.
Despite critics arguing against the legitimacy of these assets, a new study reveals that cryptocurrencies are viewed as safe investments by 50% of Americans. Additionally, 41% of those surveyed said investing in the stock market and cryptocurrencies are equally risky investments.
Conducted by Piplsay, a global consumer research platform, the study surveyed over 30,000 people in February on their views on digital currencies.
"The crypto bull run has seized the attention of millions of people who previously had never considered digital currencies like Bitcoin to be an alternative asset," said Pavel Matveev, CEO of Wirex, a digital payments platform. "Bitcoin and other currencies are intended to have several uses, not least ease of exchange, purchase, and liquidity."
The survey also revealed that 57% of Americans think major companies should start accepting cryptocurrencies as payments. In a separate survey of 1,050 Americans conducted by DealAid, 50% of investors said they would be willing to pay for products using bitcoin.
Some companies this year have already taken steps towards accepting cryptocurrency as a means of payment. PayPal in October 2020 said it will start allowi...