Friday, October 7

Fidelity Propels Bitcoin Further Into Mainstream by Offering It for Pension Plans

Mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments is on track to allow customers to add Bitcoin to their 401(k) savings plans, according to a recent report published by The New York Times.

The move could potentially be a watershed moment for cryptocurrency adoption in the U.S. given that Fidelity is the number one provider of pension plans in the country. The Boston-based investment giant manages the retirement savings of more than 20 million people.  

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There is a growing demand for Bitcoin among plan sponsors, according to Fidelity’s Dave Gray.

Fidelity plans to start offering Bitcoin-holder 401(k) later this year. It will charge a fee of up to 0.9%.

It is worth noting that savings plans are highly regulated, which implies Fidelity’s new initiative will likely attract many of regulatory scrutiny. Last month, the U.S.

Department of Labor warned against putting crypto into people’s 401(k)s.

Notwithstanding, the adoption of the new product will nearly depend on the willingness of the employers to include Bitcoin in their worker’s retirement funds.

MicroStrategy, the business intelligence firm that is known as the biggest corporate holder of Bitcoin, has already signed onto the ambitious plans.

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Fidelity was one of the first major financial firms to dip its toes into crypto. The Boston-based company started mining Bitcoin back in 2014. In October 2018, it opened a separate cryptocurrency unit. n 2019, Fidelity also delved into the crypto custody business, which CEO Abigail Johnson lauded as a “big success.” Last November, its Canadian subsidiary became the first regulated Bitcoin custodian in Canada.       

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