Bank Of America, JPMorgan Bar Crypto Purchases On Credit Card

Bank Of America, JP Morgan Bar Crypto Purchases On Credit Card:

The second largest US bank said it “will begin declining credit card transactions with known cryptocurrency exchanges” starting today.

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Amazon, Berkshire And JPMorgan To Form Healthcare Company “Free From Profit-Making Incentives”

Amazon, Berkshire And JPMorgan To Form Healthcare Company “Free From Profit-Making Incentives”:

In a move that might explain why Amazon has been quietly acquiring pharmacy licenses (not to mention hitting daily all time highs) the e-commerce giant – along with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase & Co. – announced on Tuesday morning that they would partner to form a new health-care venture.

As stated in the press release, “Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced today that they are partnering on ways to address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs. The three companies, which bring their scale and complementary expertise to this long-term effort, will pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints. The initial focus of the new company will be on technology solutions that will provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost.”

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JPMorgan Has Some Bad News For Bitcoin Bears

JPMorgan Has Some Bad News For Bitcoin Bears:

If JPMorgan is right, the implications are staggering:  contrary to expectations that bitcoin’s market cap is a rough reflection of its inflows, JPM’s calculations reveal that a mere $6 billion in net inflows since 2009 has resulted in a market cap of $330 billion. This goes to what Mike Novogratz said last week when he said that cryptos are unique, because unlike all other asset classes, there is no corresponding increase in supply when prices surge.

This also means that as new capital flows into the crypto space as more retail and institutional investors scramble for “a piece of the pie”, the potential market cap gains are unprecedented.

Putting this number in context, so far in 2017, there has been $283BN in global equity inflows ($402BN in ETF inflows and $120BN in mutual fund outflows), and $346BN in bond inflows, as this BofA table reveals:

If only a fraction of these institutional and retail flows were redirected toward bitcoin, then the next, and even more parabolic leg higher would be upon us, inviting even more bubble comparisons, even more skeptics and even more converts… just like none other than Jamie Dimon humself. In other words, shorts, beware, especially now that shorting – and short squeezes – is about to get much easier thanks to bitcoin futures.

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Jamie Dimon Faces Market Abuse Claim Over “False, Misleading” Bitcoin Comments

Jamie Dimon Faces Market Abuse Claim Over “False, Misleading” Bitcoin Comments:

A week after Jamie Dimon made headlines by proclaiming Bitcoin a “fraud” and anyone who owns it as “stupid,” the JPMorgan CEO faces a market abuse claim for “spreading false and misleading information” about bitcoin.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you will be well aware of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s panicked outburst with regard the ‘fraud’ that Bitcoin’s ‘tulip-like’ bubble is. To paraphrase:

“It’s a fraud. It’s making stupid people, such as my daughter, feel like they’re geniuses. It’s going to get somebody killed. I’ll fire anyone who touches it.”

One week later, an algorithmic liquidity provider called Blockswater has filed a market abuse report against Jamie Dimon for “spreading false and misleading information” about bitcoin.

The firm filed the report with the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority against JPMorgan Chase and Dimon, the company’s chief executive. Blockswater said Dimon violated Article 12 of the European Union’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) by declaring that cryptocurrency bitcoin was “a fraud”.

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JPMorgan Goes In On Bitcoin: Kolanovic Asks “Are Cryptocurrencies A Pyramid Scheme?”

JPMorgan Goes In On Bitcoin: Kolanovic Asks “Are Cryptocurrencies A Pyramid Scheme?”:

One day after Jamie Dimon slammed bitcoin, sending its price reeling after he called the cryptocurrency “fraud”, warning it “won’t end well”, and threatening to fire any JPMorgan trader caught trading bitcoin “for being stupid” (a move some dubbed diplomatic genius as JPM’s 20% guide down in trading revenues got zero mentions yesterday) JPMorgan has released its unofficial guide on bitcoin. While that was perhaps to be expected as we are confident the bank was flooded with phone calls from clients who were long the best performing asset class of the year, if not decade, what is much more surprising is who the author of said report was: none other than JPM’s notorious quant guru, Marko Kolanovic, who simply asks “are cryptocurrencies a new asset class or a pyramid scheme?

While we know how Jamie Dimon feels, Kolanovic’s conclusion is less draconian, if mostly along the skeptical lines of his boss’ thinking: “While we don’t know whether the price of cryptocurrencies will go up or down in the near-term, the history of currencies, governments and financial fraud tells us that the future for cryptocurrencies will likely not be bright.”

Here is the full report from JPMorgan:

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Bitcoin Tumbles After Jamie Dimon Calls It A Fraud: “Would Fire Anyone Trading It”

Bitcoin Tumbles After Jamie Dimon Calls It A Fraud: “Would Fire Anyone Trading It”:

Surprised by the sudden air pocket below bitcoin? Curious if this was caused by some new, unconfirmed Chinese crackdown on bitcoin traders, exchanges, and other money launderers?

No, the answer is Jamie Dimon, who in an angry outburst during the same conference in which he preannounced JPM’s 20% trading revenue drop, lashed out at the cryptocurrency, calling it a “fraud” which is “worse than tulip bulbs. It won’t end well”, will “blow up” and “someone is going to get killed.” Oh, and in conclusion, “any trader trading bitcoin” will be “fired for being stupid.

  • DIMON: BITCOIN IS A “FRAUD”; “WORSE THAN TULIP BULBS”
  • DIMON: BITCOIN WILL EVENTUALLY BLOW UP
  • DIMON: BITCOIN WON’T END WELL
  • DIMON: WOULD FIRE ANY TRADER TRADING BITCOIN FOR BEING STUPID

So how does Jamie really feel?

Of course, if “a trader” bought $100,000 of Bitcoin in 2010, they’d be roughly 3x richer than billionaire Jamie, but that’s another story.

What is more surprising, is that bitcoin actually reacted to this angry outburst by the JPM CEO, sliding sharply, and dragging the entire cryptocurrency space with it.

Or perhaps not surprising at all as hundreds of JPM traders quietly liquidated their accounts moments after hearing Dimon’s threat…

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