Despite the prolonged crypto winter, proponents of cryptocurrencies are bullish about the industry’s prospects. And so far this year, they have had cause for happiness.
After a dismal 2022, the price of Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, has been inching upward over the past few weeks.
According to data from Coingecko, Bitcoin is trading at $22,709 at the time of writing, an increase of 15% over the past week.
However, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon remains unconvinced of the crypto’s performance. In fact, he has always been.
As far back September 2017, the chief executive had maintained an antagonistic stance against Bitcoin.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Image: The Business Journals
Will Bitcoin ‘Blow Up?’
He minced no words during the time about the crypto by saying Bitcoin “is a fraud” and will “blow up.”
Dimon stated that he would terminate any JPMorgan traders who engaged in cryptocurrency trading “in an instant.” He provided two reasons: “It is against our policies, and they stupid, and both are dangerous.”
Fast forward, six years, the banking giant top honcho is still at it and criticizing the crypto. In the wake of the market’s troubles following the demise of FTX, he asserts bitcoin is a hoax and reiterates his opposition to the world’s largest cryptocurrency.
Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dimon dismissed cryptocurrencies as having no real worth.
Image: Finance Magnates
Is It A ‘Waste Of Time?’
In an interview, he stated, “I believe all of that to be a waste of time, and I don’t understand why you guys waste any breath on it.” The CEO noted that Bitcoin is a “hyped-up hoax” and a “pet rock.”
While discussing the properties of blockchain and ledger technologies that JPMorgan believes can be used as a form of currency, he expressed skepticism that Bitcoin is truly a store of value:
“How do you know that Bitcoin’s supply will reach 21 million? Perhaps it will reach 21 million, at which point Satoshi’s image will appear and laugh at you all.”
JPMorgan and Dimon have embraced blockchain technology since 2017, when JPMorgan was one of 86 companies that helped launch The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, an open-source blockchain effort.
Why Many Support Bitcoin
Technololgy aficionados, libertarians distrustful of government monetary policy, and speculators attracted to its price fluctuations are among those who favor bitcoin, despite the fact that banks have mainly shied away from it since its emergence in the wake of the financial crisis.
BTC total market cap at $443 billion on the weekend chart | Chart: TradingView.com
Inflation is still significantly beyond the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 2% objective, and interest rates are anticipated to surpass 5%, therefore Dimon has a pessimistic outlook for the American economy this year.
Dimon stated that one of the greatest threats to the global economy is the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has disrupted supply lines and driven up global energy costs.