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“Fools gold”: Why JPMorgan CEO coins crypto as “worthless”

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Jamie Dimon has come clean about his attitude towards bitcoin, but what does this mean for JPMorgan clients?

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Morgan skeptic about bitcoin

The CEO of JP Morgan isn’t a fan of bitcoin, comparing the trading of the cryptocurrency to his disagreement towards smoking cigarettes.

Jamie Dimon said he personally thinks that bitcoin is worthless and he doesn’t care about it, speaking out at a virtual event hosted by the Institute of International Finance.

“Our clients are adults. They disagree,” Dimon says.

“If they want to have access to buy or sell bitcoin – we can’t custody it – but we can give them legitimate, as clean as possible access.”

While Dimon is skeptic of virtual currencies, his firm still agreed to roll out their digital currency JPM Coin.

This was followed by their creation of a new unit for blockchain projects in October 2020.

Additionally, in August this year, JPMorgan awarded their wealth management clients with access to crypto funds.

In conversation with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei, Dimon previously coined the cryptocurrency as “fraudulent” after concluding that the currency had “no intrinsic value”.

“I’ve always believed it’ll be made illegal someplace, like China made it illegal, so I think it’s a little bit of fool’s gold.”

Despite his cynical attitude towards bitcoin, Dimon understands not everyone may agree with his views.

As a result, the investment banking firm’s clients will continue to have access to crypto funds.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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A British digital currency “later this decade”

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The Bank of England and Britain’s finance ministry think the UK is likely to need to create a central bank digital currency later this decade.

“On the basis of our work to date, the Bank of England and HM Treasury judge that it is likely a digital pound will be needed in the future,” the Telegraph quoted BoE Governor Andrew Bailey and finance minister Jeremy Hunt as saying in the joint report.

“It is too early to commit to build the infrastructure for one, but we are convinced that further preparatory work is justified,” the Telegraph quoted the report saying.

The BoE declined to comment on the Telegraph article, but said a joint consultation on CBDC issues would be published shortly.

A government source said the report would be published next week.

BoE Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe is due to give a speech on Tuesday to update the finance industry on the BoE’s CBDC work.

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Sam Bankman-Fried attempting to resolve bail conditions dispute

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Sam Bankman-Fried is in talks with U.S. prosecutors to resolve a dispute over his bail conditions

The 30-year-old former billionaire has been blocked from contacting employees of FTX or his Alameda Research hedge fund, after prosecutors raised concerns he may tamper with witnesses.

Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty and is under house arrest at his parents’ California home.

Once worth an estimated $26 billion, Bankman-Fried was arrested in December after FTX collapsed.

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Crypto heists in 2022 totalled $3.8 billion

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Last year was the worst on record for cryptocurrency heists, with hackers stealing as much as $3.8 billion, led by attackers linked to North Korea

A Chainalysis report found hacking activity that “ebbed and flowed” throughout the year, with “huge spikes” in March and October.

October was the biggest single month ever for cryptocurrency hacking, with $775.7 million stolen in 32 separate attacks.

North Korea-linked hackers such as those in the cybercriminal syndicate Lazarus Group have been by far the most prolific cryptocurrency hackers, stealing an estimated $1.7 billion worth of in multiple attacks last year.

North Korea has denied allegations of hacking or other cyberattacks.

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