Last week saw some tumultuous moves in Bitcoin and the crypto currency market in general following news that China would be cracking down on ICO's (Initial Coin Offerings) purportedly in an effort to prevent fraud and capital flight. Just days prior to these announcements, JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon publicly said that Bitcoin is a fraud and that anyone in his firm caught trading the digital currency would be terminated. By the end of the week, it was revealed that not only were people not being fired at JM Morgan, but they were actively buying the crypto on European exchanges.
This begs the question: Was Jamie Dimon simply "talking his book" by attacking Bitcoin and other crypto currencies so that his firm could load up after the price dropped some 35% from its all-time highs? Either that, or Dimon clearly understands the threat it poses to the banking sector as it exists today, including the profits from their multi-billion dollar customer fee structures .
According to Frank Holmes, who is the head of top advisory firm U.S. Global Investors and recently appointed as the Chairman of the first publicly traded blockchain mining company Hive Blockchain Technologies, blockchain stands to completely uproot the entire banking sector. Holmes highlights that, while Dimon is talking about Bitcoin being a fraud, large bank consortiums in South Korea, Japan and even here in the United States are exploring how the technology can improve their businesses and keep them competitive as this emerging technology takes hold globally:
Jamie Dimon's comments surprised me… Bitcoin has woken up the significance of blockchain technology… and Ethereum comes along with smart contracts on the blockchain… and this is so significant because this is basically going to uberize banking… it's going to be such a big benefit that the major banks are all spending billions of dollars to get into blockchain…
So for him to go and say that was really shocking to me.