BIS report shows retail Bitcoin buyers increase during bull markets – The rise in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) is the most significant catalyst in the growth rate of new investors as opposed to other factors like distrust in public institutions like banks or search for a store of value, according to a report published by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on November 14, 2022.

Bitcoin price surges attract traders to exchanges

BIS, an international financial institution owned by central banks, has released a report entitled “BIS Working Papers,” highlighting the relationship between Bitcoin (BTC) prices, cryptocurrency trading, and retail adoption.

The report suggests that Bitcoin investors are more likely attracted by the cryptocurrency’s rising price rather than their dislike of banks or its perceived use as a store of value. According to the study, most retail investors downloaded cryptocurrency applications when prices were high (during a bull market).

Rising BTC price behind crypto adoption

The report noted that over time, as the price of Bitcoin ‘mooned’, so did the number of active users in the crypto space. It indicated that Bitcoin’s price rose from $250 in August 2015 to $69,000 in November 2021. During this period, the monthly average number of daily active users (DAU) rose from 119,000 to over 32.5 million.

Furthermore, about 40% of these new users are men under 35, commonly identified as the sample’s most “risk-seeking” group.

“Users [are] being drawn to Bitcoin by rising prices— rather than a dislike for traditional banks, the search for a store of value or distrust in public institutions.”

The study also noted an interesting trend; it revealed that big investors usually move in the opposite direction whenever BTC prices go up. According to the BIS, as BTC prices soar, retail investors tend to buy, whereas whales tend to sell some of their assets, resulting in a profit at the expense of the smaller investors.

Turkey, Singapore, and the U.S leading the way in crypto adoption

The study covered the demographic distribution of crypto adoption across countries.