Say what you need about JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, however he is constant about his disdain for bitcoin.
Dimon as soon as once more attacked the highest cryptocurrency, calling it “nugatory” throughout a digital summit Monday.
“I personally assume bitcoin is nugatory, however I do not wish to be a spokesperson,” he mentioned throughout a digital look on the Institute of International Finance Meeting earlier than including, “I do not care, it makes no distinction to me. I do not assume individuals ought to smoke cigarettes.”
However Dimon added that his personal tackle bitcoin has not stopped the financial institution from permitting its clients to purchase and promote the cryptocurrency…despite the fact that JPMorgan Chase itself won’t maintain it.
“Our shoppers are adults, they disagree. That is what makes markets. If they need entry to purchase and promote bitcoin…we may give them professional, clean-as-possible entry,” he mentioned.
Dimon additionally continues to assist the concept that some digital currencies that run on a blockchain community do have worth, particularly if they’re so-called stablecoins pegged to the greenback or different government-backed currencies. The financial institution has its personal JPM Coin for funds.
Nonetheless, Dimon’s sarcastic remarks about bitcoin come as the worth of the cryptocurrency has surged in current weeks to about $57,000. Bitcoin has practically doubled this yr and is now solely about 12% under the all-time excessive of just below $65,000 earlier this yr.
Dimon has been a bitcoin bear for the previous few years — regardless of that it has soared in worth together with different cryptocurrencies.
Dimon first called bitcoin a “fraud” in 2017. He added on the time that he thought bitcoin was “silly” and “far too harmful.”
Extra not too long ago, Dimon mentioned throughout an look on the Axios HBO present earlier this month that bitcoin was “a bit of little bit of idiot’s gold,” and that “it is received no intrinsic worth.” (HBO, like CNN Enterprise, is part of AT&T-owned WarnerMedia.)
Dimon additionally predicted that “regulators are going to manage the hell out of it.”
Attacking bitcoin for years however the crypto retains climbing
Dimon is not the one high monetary voice to be skeptical of bitcoin. Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger are notable bitcoin bashers too.
However an rising variety of high monetary tech corporations, corresponding to Sq. and PayPal, in addition to outstanding buyers like Mike Novogratz, Stanley Druckenmiller and Paul Tudor Jones, have all embraced bitcoin.
Simply final week, the household workplace of George Soros disclosed that it has invested in bitcoin too.
So time will inform if Dimon winds up being proper to repeatedly query bitcoin’s worth. However his continued assault on the cryptocurrency appears to be falling on deaf ears with buyers.
“Jamie Dimon calling Bitcoin ‘nugatory’ is nothing new and has been shrugged off by the market,” mentioned Nicholas Cawley, analyst at DailyFX, in a report Tuesday.
Cawley added that since Dimon referred to bitcoin as being worse than the Dutch tulip mania bubble of the 1600s 4 years in the past, bitcoin has surged from about $4,500 to its present worth approaching $60,000.
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