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ETF Expert, Nate Geraci Hints at JPMorgan’s Potential Move into Bitcoin ETF Market

source-logo  coinpedia.org 08 December 2023 02:47, UTC

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s recent criticism of cryptocurrencies coincides with speculations that the financial giant might soon embrace Bitcoin through a spot ETF. Dimon, known for his longstanding opposition to digital currencies, stated :

“I’ve always been deeply opposed to crypto, bitcoin, etc.” He echoed Senator Warren’s concerns about cryptocurrencies primarily being used by criminals and suggested, “If I were the government, I’d close it down.”

Will bet that JPM launches spot bitcoin ETF or otherwise makes bitcoin easily available to wealth management clients…

Remember, they didn’t launch first ETF until 2014 (*21yrs* after first ETF).

You might say they were deeply opposed to highly disruptive ETFs.

That changed. https://t.co/PccatbaOQN

— Nate Geraci (@NateGeraci) December 7, 2023

However, Nate Geraci, co-founder of ETF Institute and host of the ETF Prime podcast, hinted that JPMorgan could introduce a spot Bitcoin ETF or simplify Bitcoin investments for its wealth management clients. This move would mark a significant shift for a firm whose CEO has been vocally critical of the disruptive financial tool.

In 2014, JPMorgan launched its first ETF, two decades after its inception, reflecting a gradual adaptation to market trends. Despite initial resistance, the firm eventually embraced ETFs due to investor demand. Similarly, amid the 2021 crypto market boom, JPMorgan became one of the first major banks to delve into the market, even utilizing its own JPM Coin for transaction settlements and exploring cross-bank transfers.

This potential covert move towards a spot Bitcoin ETF by JPMorgan, paralleling filings by BlackRock and Fidelity, could significantly influence the market mood and Bitcoin’s price trajectory. Dimon’s strategy appears to be adapting to the growing acceptance of Bitcoin in traditional banking.

The Irony of Dimon’s Stance

John Deaton, an attorney advocating for XRP holders, has criticized Dimon’s stance, labeling him a “hypocrite.” Deaton highlights JPMorgan’s legal troubles, including penalties totaling $35 billion over the past five years. Notably, JPMorgan faced controversy in the largest cocaine bust in US history, where 20 tonnes of cocaine worth $1.3 billion were seized in July 2019 from a ship managed by a JPMorgan entity.

JPMorgan’s potential pivot towards a Bitcoin ETF illustrates the evolving landscape of financial institutions adapting to digital currencies, despite past criticisms and legal challenges.