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US senators urge Fidelity to reconsider its Bitcoin offerings after FTX blow-up

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United States senators Elizabeth Warren, Tina Smith, and Richard Durbin have renewed their calls for Fidelity Investments to reconsider offering a Bitcoin (BTC)-linked 401(k) retirement product.

In a letter addressed to Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson on Nov. 21, the three senators said the recent fall of FTX is more reason than any for the $4.5 million asset management firm to reconsider its Bitcoin offering to retirement savers, stating: The senators also added that “charismatic wunderkinds, opportunistic fraudsters, and self-proclaimed investment advisors” have played a huge role in manipulating the price of Bitcoin (BTC), which in turn has impacted 401(k) retirement savings holders who have invested in Fidelity’s Bitcoin product:“While the full extent of the damage caused by FTX continues to unfold, the contagion is being felt across the broader digital asset market.

Bitcoin is no exception,” the senators commented. The senators' letter to the Fidelity CEO was the second in recent months, with the first letter on Jul.

26 demanding an explanation of why Fidelity decided to expose its customers to a Bitcoin 401(k) product to begin with. “Since our previous letter, the digital asset industry has only grown more volatile, tumultuous, and chaotic—all features of an asset class no plan sponsor or person saving for retirement should want to go anywhere near,” the senators wrote.

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