Bitcoin Fans Are Firing Away at Jamie Dimon for Calling It a ‘Fraud’
Sat Sep 16 2017
Mark Cooper (2191 articles)

Bitcoin Fans Are Firing Away at Jamie Dimon for Calling It a ‘Fraud’

The price of bitcoin dipped below $ 3,000 in early trading Friday, shedding some $ 2,000 over the course of two weeks as Chinese authorities began cracking down on cryptocurrencies and J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon dubbed bitcoin a “fraud,” arguing that it was a matter of time before world governments began taking action against digital coins.

Reports today confirmed investors fears, as Chinese authorities ordered Beijing cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading and immediately alert users of their closure. China is one of the world’s major cryptocurrency traders.

But fans of the digital coin have not taken the criticism sitting down, and some are taking aim at the J.P. Morgan CEO. Fans pointed out that Dimon’s firm had in fact gotten involved with bitcoin and blockchain (a digital ledger commonly used for bitcoin transactions) in the past. The banking giant at one point tried to file a patent for a bitcoin-style payment system—an applicaiton that was reportedly rejected.

In response to Dimon’s comments, J.P. Morgan’s former global trading macro head tweeted: “Jamie, you’re a great boss and the GOAT bank CEO. You’re not a trader or tech entrepreneur. Please, STFU about trading BTC.”

Jamie, you’re a great boss and the GOAT bank CEO. You’re not a trader or tech entrepreneur. Please, STFU about trading $ BTC.
– Alex Gurevich (@agurevich23) September 12, 2017

J.P. Morgan’s blockchain lead Amber Baldet meanwhile responded with a virtual shrug to the news:

¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/czpnPJuPD2
– Amber (@AmberBaldet) September 12, 2017

Bitcoin backer and creator of McAfee Associates John McAfee also weighed in , telling CNBC that Bitcoin was no fraud.

“You called bitcoin a fraud,” McAfee said Thursday. “I’m a bitcoin miner. We create bitcoins. It costs over $ 1,000 per coin to create a bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because it costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over $ 1,000 per coin. It’s called proof of work.”

Barry Silbert, the CEO of Digital Currency Group meanwhile shot back:

I hope nobody tells him that half of his exec team probably owns bitcoin
– Barry Silbert (@barrysilbert) September 12, 2017

A former stock trader who was convicted of insider trading—Michael Kimelman—meanwhile pointed out the irony of J.P. Morgan’s head calling bitcoin a “fraud.”

Says the man who paid $ 30B in fines for his firm’s criminal activities since 2008, or half of Bitcoin’s market cap https://t.co/K4Rk1EC7DI
– Michael Kimelman (@mikekimelman) September 13, 2017

Finally, one Twitter user characterized the fury directed toward Dimon as something of a digital mob:

Bitcoin traders spotted outside Jamie Dimon’s house pic.twitter.com/bu1bX5PAB0
– Lee Saks (@Lee_Saks) September 14, 2017

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Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is Political / Stock Market Correspondent. He has been covering Global Stock Markets for more than 6 years.

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