Jamie Dimon, the CEO of one of the biggest financial institutions of the world, JPMorgan, has once again let the world know about his stance on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Dimon stated that whoever borrowed money to purchase bitcoin was, in his opinion, a “fool.” However, his personal opinion has not clashed with the fact that JPMorgan is now offering access to six cryptocurrency funds for its customers and even created its own digital ledger token for payments, called JPM Coin.
Jamie Dimon Blasts Cryptocurrencies
JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon blasted crypto and bitcoin yet again. The JPMorgan executive argued about the real value of cryptocurrencies and his take on the cryptocurrency world in an interview with the Times of India last week. Dimon stated that the latest bull market in cryptocurrencies was created by a lot of liquidity in the system, which then leads to speculation. Dimon declared:
I am not a buyer of bitcoin. I think if you borrow money to buy bitcoin, you’re a fool.
However, Dimon also acknowledged there is the possibility that the cryptocurrency sector could increase its value tenfold in the next years.
Regulation and JPMorgan Offerings
Dimon was also asked about how he believes regulations will affect cryptocurrencies in the future. While he stressed bitcoin was not its main interest, Dimon did state that he believes governments will regulate bitcoin at some point in time. He explained:
It is going to be regulated. Governments regulate just about everything. I don’t know if it’s an asset. I don’t know if it’s foreign exchange. I don’t know if it’s a currency. I don’t know if it’s the securities law. But they’re going to do it.
However, the personal opinions of Dimon about the validity of cryptocurrency and the coming regulation of the cryptocurrency market have not affected JPMorgan’s business moves into crypto. In fact, the company is now more open to cryptocurrencies than it was two or three years ago. In August, the firm informed they would allow its customers to access six cryptocurrency-based investment funds (Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust, Bitcoin Cash Trust, Ethereum Trust, and Ethereum Classic Trust, and the Osprey Bitcoin Trust).
Also, the company has dipped its toes when it comes to digital currencies. In October 2020, JPMorgan announced the creation of “JPM Coin,” a network that would allow its customers to make instantaneous payments using blockchain technology.
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