Dimon added that stablecoins (digital assets tied to the value of the US dollar or other currencies) wouldn’t be problematic with the proper regulation.
It is worth noting that JPMorgan Chase is using blockchain for collateral settlements and in the trading of traditional financial assets. However, the U.S. legislation drafted to regulate stablecoins could place a two-year ban on coins similar to Terra USD. Under the latest version of the bill, it would be illegal to issue or create new “endogenously collateralized stablecoins,” according to Bloomberg. “The definition would kick in for stablecoins marketed as being able to be converted, redeemed or repurchased for a fixed amount of monetary value, and that rely solely on the value of another digital asset from the same creator to maintain their fixed price.”
Dimon’s Controversial Statements in the Past
Dimon is known for making controversial statements when it comes to crypto. He deemed Bitcoin a fraud in 2017 but later said he regretted making that statement. Later, he said it was worthless but that he’d follow clients, and recently, he acknowledged that decentralized finance, where banks are replaced by algorithms, is “real.”
Early this year in June, Dimon told investors at a company conference to brace themselves for an economic “hurricane.” Dimon later clarified that a hurricane-like economic situation isn’t a given but a possibility, which is why he urged lawmakers to be prepared for the worst “so that we take the right actions if and when that happens.”
- Contrary to Dimon’s views, JPMorgan has been pushing into the blockchain technology space and has also launched its own in-house stablecoin in 2020— the first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank.
- JPMorgan has been hiring new staff to push into the blockchain and crypto space. The company was also the first Wall Street bank to launch a presence in the metaverse in February.
The negative comments made by the CEO of JPMorgan Chase towards crypto could be seen as a way of protecting traditional finances services since crypto comes across as a competition.
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Akriti is a Zurich-based reporter, focused on the political, regulatory, and legislative developments around crypto. She is a business journalist with over six years of experience working as a correspondent for organizations like Channel NewsAsia and Bloomberg TV India. In that time, Akriti has covered news in the finance, pharma, and state sectors.