U.S.-based asset manager, Digital Asset Investment Management, or DAiM, has launched the country’s first employer-sponsored 401K retirement plans supporting Bitcoin (BTC)
According to a Nov. 19 announcement, DAiM will serve as the advisor and fiduciary in helping companies “create a 401(k) plan that offers several recommended model portfolios of varying risk to traditional assets and allocation of up to 10% to Bitcoin.”
The BTC will be held in cold storage by Gemini Trust, allowing DAiM to transfer Bitcoin to former employees who have left participating companies.
DAiM’s crypto-friendly plans are compliant with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and will be able to be offered by employers from 2021.
While U.S. citizens have been able to include crypto assets in their individual retirement accounts, 401K rollovers, and brokerage accounts since the Internal Revenue Service began taxing Bitcoin in 2018, DAiM chief operating officer Adam Pokornicky told Cointelegraph, “It’s been impossible to offer Bitcoin inside actually company-based plans until now.”
Pokornicky said that the traditional wealth management industries have been “slow to warm up to Bitcoin,” noting there are “barely any investment advisors offering licensed and regulated access to Bitcoin directly in brokerage and retirement accounts.”
He attributes the sector’s reluctance to “serious regulatory red tape” surrounding crypto compliance, emphasizing that it took “almost a full year of slow-building” before DAiM was approved to offer its employer-sponsored services:
Pokornicky also noted “booming” demand for retirement investments in Bitcoin, adding: “We’ve seen most demand from individuals between the ages of 28–45.”