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U.S. Labour Division Pokes At Fidelity’s Move To Include Bitcoin To 401(k) List

Sunil Sharma

Fidelity recently revealed plans to become the first major retirement-savings provider to add Bitcoin to their 401(k) plans. The US Department of Labor (DOL) is however not enamored with the plan. 

DOL expresses grave concerns about Fidelity’s plan

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the body which oversees employer retirement savings plans has said it will meet with Fidelity to communicate its concerns. 

Ali Khawar, acting assistant secretary to the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), told the WSJ that the agency considers cryptocurrencies too speculative to be added to the retirement savings plans of average Americans, and is driven by a lot of hype. 

“We have grave concerns with what Fidelity has done… For the average American, the need for retirement savings in their old age is significant,” he is quoted saying. 

The concern is a continued theme from the recent notice the DOL put out warning retirement savings plan providers of the dangers of including the volatile and speculative assets in 401(k) plans. 

In response, Fidelity told the WSJ that its Bitcoin offering is in response to the growing demand for digital assets and part of its commitment to “evolving and broadening” services in the niche. 

Fidelity has previously noted that its offering is designed to be secure and protect investors. The firm caps the amount subscribers can allocate to the account to 20% of total savings, and will also use its industry-grade custody platform to hold the fund’s Bitcoins. 

Fidelity’s first customer not backing out 

Along with the announcement of the release of the savings plan, Fidelity revealed that MicroStrategy had signed up to be its first customer. Despite the DOL’s concern, MicroStrategy does not appear to be backing out. 

Commenting on the report of the DOL’s fears, Micheal Saylor, the enterprise software company’s CEO, stated that Bitcoin is a great way to diversify retirement accounts. Bitcoin is especially suited for this purpose as equities and bonds are no longer as strong as they used to be.  

“Bitcoin is an excellent alternative asset for retirement accounts, at a time when equities appear increasingly risky and bonds seem structurally defective due to the macroeconomic environment. We need to educate regulators on the benefits of Bitcoin,” Saylor tweeted

Sunil is a serial entrepreneur and has been working in blockchain and cryptocurrency space for 2 years now. Previously he co-founded Govt. of India supported startup InThinks and is currently Chief Editor at Coingape and CEO at SquadX, a fintech startup. He has published more than 100 articles on cryptocurrency and blockchain and has assisted a number of ICO’s in their success. He has co-designed blockchain development industrial training and has hosted many interviews in past. Follow him on Twitter at @sharmasunil8114 and reach out to him at sunil (at) coingape.com

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