An estimated 1.9 million U.K. residents hold digital assets, according to FCA study


A market research note published Tuesday by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) estimates that 3.86% of the U.K. population owns cryptocurrencies.

"We estimate 3.86% of the general population currently own cryptocurrencies. This amounts to approximately 1.9 million adults with the U.K. population (over 18) taken to be approximately 50 million," the report's authors wrote. Other findings include the assessment that "[t]echnical knowledge appears high among most cryptocurrencies owners" and that "75% of consumers who own cryptocurrencies hold under £1,000."

"Of those who purchase cryptoassets, 83% do so through non-UK based exchanges," the FCA's release also highlighted.

The findings are notable given that they provide a snapshot of-sorts as to the degree of crypto ownership within the U.K. The FCA said that it drew from YouGov's resources and the participation of 2,681 online participants.

"This FCA report reveals the increasing popularity of cryptoassets among the U.K. consumer population and underlines the importance of our work to gain a deeper understanding of this market and how people interact with these assets," Sheldon Mills, the FCA's interim executive director of strategy and compliance, said in a statement.

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