Fidelity Investments, one of the largest retirement savings plan providers in the United States, wants to offer employees in the United States the possibility of investing part of their private retirement plans in Bitcoin (DER AKTIONÄR reported) . While crypto fans cheer, criticism is clear from regulators.
Ali Khawar, assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the US Department of Labor, said in an interview with the wall street journal (WSJ) “worst fears” about Fidelity’s plans. If the company gets its way, employees should be able to invest up to 20% of their private pension in Bitcoin under so-called 401(k) plans as early as this summer.
As early as March, the ministry criticized a possible openness of pension savings plan providers to crypto investments and criticized among other things the enormous volatility and the lack of generally accepted evaluation criteria for Bitcoin and Co.
Khawar has now renewed those concerns, noting that savers can now jump on the bandwagon simply out of fear of missing out – without fully understanding the risks.
“For the average American, the need for financial provision in old age is significant,” Khawar said. It’s not about millionaires and billionaires who can then “skim tons of other assets”.
No ban but…
According to Khawar, his authority does not currently want a blanket ban on crypto investments under 401(k) plans WSJ. However, there would be a discussion with Fidelity representatives soon on the mentioned points of contention.
According to the March action recommendation, companies that offer cryptocurrencies in their pension plans should also be prepared for an investigation “into how they can reconcile their actions with their duties of care and loyalty in view of the risks”.
(ISIN code: CRYPT0000BTC)
Bitcoin is highly volatile, and the current pullback of around 43% from the all-time high of around $69,000 reached in early November 2021 leaves no doubt. Investing 20% of private pensions in digital currency is therefore a risky business.
In AKTIONÄR’s view, however, nothing prevents risk-averse investors from putting a small portion of their portfolio value into a long-term bitcoin commitment. Temporary weak phases like this have always proven to be opportunities to step into the past. However, investors should bear in mind the risks that undoubtedly exist.
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