Boomers Finally Warming Up to Bitcoin After Staying on Sidelines for Years

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Wed, 06/17/2020 - 17:44
Alex Dovbnya
Baby boomers are following Paul Tudor Jones' suit by dipping their toes into Bitcoin
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River Financial, a Bitcoin bank that targes investors over 55, has seen an 80 percent increase in transaction volume since March, Bloomberg reports.

The company’s CEO Alex Leishman attributes this growth to the Federal Reserve’s massive stimulus effort that sparked inflation fears:

The surging activity we’ve seen since the beginning of 2020 has been in part inspired by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented monetary intervention.      

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Yes to boomers

River, which recently bagged $5.7 million in seed funding, operates like a conventional bank to be approachable for older clients that usually choose not to touch the newfangled asset with a ten-foot pole. According to a 2019 YouGov poll, only 29 percent of baby boomers, the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964, believe that crypto will be widely accepted in the 2020s.  

According to Leishman, Bitcoin’s acceptance is now growing after billionaire Paul Tudor Jones added it to his portfolio as a hedge against inflation.  

Considering that boomers hold 54 percent of America’s household wealth, getting them into crypto is an undeniably lucrative endeavor.    
   
Back in November 2019, Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz launched two funds for this specific age group.  

No to altcoins

Apart from catering to boomers, River also stands out among similar brokerage firms by dealing exclusively with Bitcoin.

By ignoring altcoins, it was able to invest more energy into implementing new technologies such as the Lightning Network that its competitors do not touch.

River is also focused on rolling out numerous banking products such as IRAs. 

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.


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