The world according to altcoins

Global crypto investor insights: 2019 in review

The cryptocurrency market is like a global city that never sleeps. There are no nights off, the market never closes, and everyone always has access.

We wanted to know more about how people around the world are taking advantage of this unique investing opportunity  — like what cryptocurrencies are the most popular from an investment perspective, and how much money global retail investors are really putting in the market. And how investors are fairing in terms of overall profitability.

To answer some of those questions we compiled some 2019 Abra user data. The full results can be found in our Global Crypto Investor Insights Report: 2019 Year in Review.

Here is a very high-level summary of some of our findings.

Planet-scale crypto

In 2019, people in 177 different countries were using an Abra wallet.

The median crypto investment, worldwide, was $123.17.

The most popular cryptocurrencies available in an Abra wallet in 2019 (in terms of the absolute number of people holding them) were:

  1. Bitcoin
  2. Litecoin
  3. Ethereum
  4. Bitcoin Cash
  5. XRP
  6. Stellar 
  7. Cardano
  8. Tron
  9. DigiByte
  10. Dogecoin 

The most popular cryptocurrencies available in an Abra wallet in 2019 (in terms of USD investment) were:

  1. Bitcoin
  2. XRP
  3. Litecoin
  4. Ethereum
  5. DigiByte
  6. Cardano
  7. Bitcoin Cash
  8. Stellar
  9. Tron
  10. 0x

Looked at another way:

The world according to altcoins. This image shows which altcoins are the most popular in various countries based on 2019 Abra user data


If crypto investing was an Olympic sport…

People in developed countries might have invested more overall, but people in these countries had a more profitable investing year (measured as net profits per country).

Croatia 56%
Serbia 38%
Finland 33%
Israel 31%
Bahamas 31%
Guam 30%
Argentina 30%
Switzerland 24%
Kenya 21%
Kuwait 18%

Check out the full 2019 Global Crypto Investor Insights Report.

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About Abra

Established in 2014, Abra is on a mission to create a simple and honest platform that enables millions of cryptocurrency holders to maximize the potential of their assets. Abra enables both individuals and businesses to safely and securely buy, trade, and borrow against cryptocurrencies – all in one place. Abra’s vision is an open, global financial system that is easily accessible to everyone.

Why Abra

Based in the United States, Abra is available in over 150 countries and makes it easy to convert between crypto and a wide variety of local fiat currencies. With over 2MM customers, $7B in transactions processed, and $1.5B in assets under management, Abra continues to grow rapidly. Abra is widely loved and trusted – in April 2022, reviewed and rated Abra amongst the top 5 most popular crypto wallets in the market. Abra is backed by top-tier investors such as American Express Ventures and First Round Capital.

How Abra Protects Your Funds

Abra places clients’ financial objectives and security first. Abra practices a culture of risk management across all levels and functions within the organization.

Abra employs a state-of-the-art enterprise risk management framework that comprises a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and practices detailing all applicable risk-related objectives and constraints for the entirety of the business. Abra has instituted a complete set of requisite systems and controls that continuously enforce these policies, procedures, and practices to manage all operations, including credit and lending. Abra’s independent Risk Committee comprises experienced compliance, risk, securities, and fraud operations professionals with backgrounds in industries ranging from traditional and digital assets banking, payments, remittance, to fintech.

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