Short-term gains drive majority of Hong Kong’s crypto investors, survey reveals


  • A whopping 75% of surveyed investors seek short-term returns through cryptocurrency investments.
  •  The study reveals a significant 74% of investors in Hong Kong believe in the enduring trend of virtual assets as a lucrative investment.
  • Concerns about missing out on investment opportunities grip 73% of respondents; remarkably, the majority showcase robust financial management knowledge.

A recent study conducted by the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University sheds light on the motivations of virtual asset investors in Hong Kong. According to the survey, approximately three-quarters of surveyed investors expressed their primary motive as pursuing short-term returns. This significant majority also indicated their belief in virtual assets as an ongoing investment trend (74%) and voiced concerns about missing out on potential investment opportunities (73%).

The study delved into the behavior of virtual asset investors, revealing several inertial thinking patterns. Noteworthy among them were the tendencies to rely on easily available information and emphasize past data, such as initial offering prices. Overconfidence also emerged as a common pattern, with investors tending to overestimate their abilities and displaying blind confidence in outperforming the market.

Cognitive biases and thinking shortcuts

Researchers identified five distinct thinking shortcuts associated with virtual asset investors. These included the “Following the Trend Type,” the “Snake Bite Obedient Type,” the “Own Experience Type,” the “Intuition Expansion Type,” and the “Wishful Thinking Type.” Each type demonstrated susceptibility to different cognitive biases, contributing to diverse investment approaches and decision-making processes.

Despite a prevalent understanding of financial management principles among the surveyed investors, the study suggested a need for improvement and review of financial management behaviors and attitudes. The findings underscore the importance of continuous self-assessment and adjustment in the rapidly evolving landscape of virtual asset investments.

Investment committee’s recommendations

The Investment Committee’s “Retail Investor Research 2023” concluded with essential recommendations applicable to all investors, regardless of the chosen investment product. Firstly, investors are advised to maintain vigilance and actively protect their assets. Secondly, a thorough understanding of the characteristics and risks associated with relevant products is emphasized as a prerequisite before any investment decision. Finally, the importance of careful investment practices and regular reviews and reflections on personal investment behavior and attitude is highlighted.

Understanding investor motivations and thinking patterns becomes imperative as Hong Kong witnesses a surge in virtual asset investments. The study’s insights provide a snapshot of the current landscape and serve as a valuable resource for investors aiming to balance risk and reward.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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