JPMorgan Chase Accepts Cryptocurrency Is a ‘threat’ to its Business out of the blue.


February 28, 2018 3:15 pm

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Cryptocurrency is a ‘threat’ says, JPMorgan Chase.

Despite JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has called Bitcoin a “cheat,” the vast bank is considering digital currency important—recognizing the blockchain-based innovation as a real danger to its future.

In JPMorgan Chase’s yearly report, released Tuesday evening, the bank calculated digital currency such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as “threat factors” to its business out of the blue, acknowledging the cryptocurrency as a new form of conflict that could give the bank a run for its cash.

“Both financial institutions and their non-banking competitors face the risk that technologies could disrupt payment processing and other services, for example, digital currency, that requires no intermediation,” the bank (JPM, – 1.18%) wrote in the report.

As of now, the bank included, new technologies have required the organization to put resources into adjusting or changing its items to draw and hold clients, and to compete with new offerings from tech upstarts, the trend is expected to continue. “Progressing or increased conflict may put descending weight on costs and expenses for JPMorgan Chase’s  products and services may cause JPMorgan Chase to lose market shares,” as indicated by the report.

The bank’s exposure takes after a comparable admission by rival Bank of America (BAC, – 0.28%)in its annual report last week. In the filing, Bank of America noticed the potential danger of clients leaving for contenders offering  products and services “in regions we deem speculative or unsafe, for example, digital currencies.” 

A representative for JPMorgan Chase declined to remark on why the organization added digital currency to its Danger factors now. However, the bank has shown expanding gratefulness for the transformative capability of both blockchain innovation—getting to be one of the first to lead the advancement of its Ethereum-based blockchain—and the digital currencies based on it. Prior this month, for instance, Umar Farooq, JPMorgan Chase’s head of blockchain activities, offered a look into the fast and excited take-up of the innovation inside the bank.

“It’s more than flourishing. Individuals have been astounded how rapidly it essentially spread as an approach to address and unexpectedly consider clients,” Farooq said at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York on Feb. 7. “It’s quite crazy.” 

The next week, JPMorgan Chase discharged a 71-page investigate the report that became known as the “Bitcoin bible” given its exhaustive examination and investigation of a wide range of issues surrounding the dominant digital currency, as well as others such as Ripple. Surveying banks’ present blockchain and digital currency ventures, the bank’s investigators concluded, “Open doors for banks to use blockchain innovations for leading business could have extensive ramifications for the area in our view.”