For any investor still doubting its mainstream credentials, one expert warns that receiving your wages in cryptocurrency will soon become standard practice.
According to DeVere Group chief executive Nigel Green, this faith is led by the younger Y and Z generations.
“They’ve been influenced by the enormous surge in tech as they came into adulthood. They are comfortable using and see the value in and massive potential of digital currencies,” he said.
“There will be a growing number of people willing to have their salaries paid in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Indeed, one day it will be the norm.”
After growing up through the global financial crisis and the anti-1% protests, the younger population have an inherent distrust of conventional banking institutions.
“They appear to trust an autonomous decentralised digital currency and payment system over a traditional system where legacy financial institutions and governments are in control.”
US politicians stepping over each other to be paid in Bitcoin
DeVere Group’s own survey showed a whopping 51% of those born between 1997 and 2012 would already “welcome” their employers to pay them in cryptocurrencies.
Among generation Y, who are born between 1980 and 1996, 36% are ready to receive their wages in digital tokens such as Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH).
“They clearly believe that crypto is the inevitable future of money. And I agree with them,” said Green.
“They see the inherent value of digital, borderless, global currencies for trade and commerce purposes in increasingly [digitised] economies in which businesses operate in more than one jurisdiction.”
The findings come after the mayor-elect of New York City, Eric Adams, this month agreed to receive his first 3 paycheques in Bitcoin.
That came about as a result of one-upmanship on Twitter, after Miami mayor Francis Suarez declared he would take his next pay entirely in Bitcoin.
“NYC is going to be the center of the cryptocurrency industry,” said Adams.
“In New York we always go big, so I’m going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin when I become mayor.”
There are already third-party services, such as Living Room of Satoshi, that allow Australians to be paid their wages in digital tokens.
Back in May, a local study found almost a quarter of Australians were willing to take the plunge.