Millennials Turn to Bitcoin, Shun Visa, For Retirement

Forget Visa and Boeing, Millennials are into Bitcoin

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Millennials are turning their attention to Bitcoin as part of their retirement portfolios, according to research from Charles Schwab.

In the bank and brokerage firm’s industry-leading benchmark on retirement plan participant investment activity within self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBAs), a breakdown of individual equity holdings among American Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials were compared.

While Amazon and Apple dominated the top two holdings as a percentage share of equities among all three groups, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) was the 5th largest single holding among millennials, representing 1.84 percent of their equity holdings. 

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Courtesy Charles Schwab, Top ten equity holdings as a percentage of assets held in equities across all generations

Interest in Bitcoin Rising, Skewing Young Generation

GBTC was a more popular equity holding than stalwarts Berkshire Hathaway, Disney, Netflix, Microsoft, and Alibaba among millennials. Berkshire Hathaway was the third most popular holding among Boomers and Gen X investors.

The data was taken from the third quarter of the year.

The results are in line with Blockchain Capital Blog’s findings that the “propensity [to own crypto] peaked among younger respondents at 42 percent.” The Harris Poll last month found that among those aged 18 to 34, “nearly 1 in 3 prefers Bitcoin to government bonds, more than 1 in 4 prefers Bitcoin to stocks, nearly 1 in 4 prefers Bitcoin to real estate, and more than 1 in 5 prefers Bitcoin to gold.”

Given Charles Schwab’s findings relate to retirement savings, Grayscale’s award-winning Drop Gold campaign and Bitcoin-as-digital-gold argument appear to be holding true among younger investors.