One in Five UK Crypto Investors Don’t Know What They’re Doing: Research

8 July 2021

More than one in five retail crypto investors in the U.K. say they don’t know what they’re doing despite owning cryptocurrency, new research suggests.

  • The study by behavioural finance firm Oxford Risk concludes that 21% of investors rate their knowledge as "poor or non-existent" even after owning crypto assets.
  • Of the 1,038 investors surveyed, 36% said that at the time they first bought crypto, their knowledge was poor or non-existent.
  • The research also suggests that Britons are quite prudent in their crypto investments, with 81% saying they started with small amounts to see what happens.
  • Three quarters (76%) have invested less than 5% of their total savings and 41% have invested less than 1%.
  • Research by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority concluded that while awareness of crypto is increasing, understanding is declining. That was based on a figure of 71% of people being able to correctly identify the definition of cryptocurrency from a list of statements.
  • The Oxford Risk study was conducted May 21-23.
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