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Dimon’s muted response to the bitcoin ETF approval prompts industry debates about JPM’s role in the ETF sector

  • When asked about the SEC decision’s impact on the largest US bank by assets, Dimon took on a rather questioning undertone, dialing back the wider enthusiasm linked to the news.
  • Dimon's recent remarks about Bitcoin at WEF in Davos have drawn new criticism toward the bank’s and his own position.

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Dimon’s muted response to the bitcoin ETF approval prompts industry debates about JPM’s role in the ETF sector

Dimon’s muted response to the bitcoin ETF approval prompts industry debates about JPM’s role in the ETF sector

The curtains closed on the 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 19, which saw conversations moving away from the crypto-centric dialogues dominating the past year, now centering on the current exploration of Generative AI (Gen AI).

While Gen AI remained the primary focus of discussions with companies prioritizing its accuracy in the tech model as a central theme, attention also shifted to bitcoin after the SEC approved US-listed ETFs. This development has sparked renewed interest and conversation surrounding cryptocurrency within the broader conversation.

Crypto proponents

The regulatory nod marks a significant milestone in the integration of cryptocurrency into capital markets. Among other things, this decision also acted as a catalyst for the transformation of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, holding around $29 billion in cryptocurrency, into a full-fledged ETF. Additionally, it opened the gates for the introduction of competing funds from major players in the financial sector, including BlackRock’s iShares and Fidelity. 

Crypto advocates are optimistic that the advent of bitcoin ETFs will likely propel a surge in demand for the asset class and attract a diverse array of investors who had previously been hesitant due to lingering concerns about custody practices and the safety of crypto exchanges.

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