JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin a “fashionable fraud”. The executive questioned the cryptocurrency supply cap, expecting a photo of pseudonymous bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto to appear and laugh at us all when bitcoin supply reaches 21 million pieces.
JPMorgan CEO on Bitcoin and its Supply Cap
Global investment bank JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon reiterated his skepticism about bitcoin in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. The JPMorgan executive claimed:
Bitcoin itself is a fashionable fraud. It’s a pet.
Regarding the collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, Dimon commented, “I am not surprised at all. I call them a decentralized Ponzi scheme. The hype around this thing has been extraordinary.
Dimon also reiterated his doubts about the 21 million BTC supply cap, suggesting that pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto could remove the cryptocurrency’s supply cap. He said:
How do you know it’s going to stop at 21 million? Maybe it’ll hit 21 million and Satoshi’s picture will pop up and laugh at y’all… and by then Satoshi will have cashed out billions of dollars.
While bullish on blockchain technology, the JPMorgan boss pointed out, “Crypto itself does nothing. It’s a pet rock.” He later told the outlet, “I don’t care about bitcoin, so we should drop that topic.”
This wasn’t the first time Dimon questioned Bitcoin’s limited supply. In October 2021 he also said: “How do you know it ends at 21 million? Y’all read the algorithms? Y’all believe that? I don’t know, I’ve always been skeptical of this kind of Last December, he compared crypto tokens to pet rocks, and he told a congressional hearing in September that cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are “schemes of Decentralized Ponzi”.
Many bitcoin supporters have mocked Dimon on social media for his lack of understanding. One tweeted: “Dimon just said on CNBC that Satoshi can raise the Bitcoin cap. He’s an idiot but I’m sure most people agree with him. Satoshi is irrelevant, it’s the code and the network now. open: “It’s sad that Jamie Dimon doesn’t understand that you can look at the source code to know that a laughing image of Satoshi doesn’t make it to 21,000,000.” A third wrote:
Jamie Dimon has no idea what Bitcoin is, or he knows exactly what it is, but ridicules it and rejects it out of sheer fear that it is the ultimate disruptor of the legacy banking core business, to namely excessive and blatant charges.
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