JPMorgan CFO Dials Back Dimon’s Criticism That Bitcoin is a ‘Fraud’

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon got the market’s attention by calling bitcoin a “fraud”last month, but he declined to discuss the topic on Thursday as his finance chief dialed back some of his earlier comments.

“We are very open minded to the potential use cases in future for digital currencies that are properly controlled and regulated,” chief financial officer Marianne Lake said during a call with reporters to discuss the bank’s third quarter earnings.

Lake also said the bank is “very optimistic” about some of the technology that underlies bitcoin and other digital currencies, a view echoed by Citigroup CFO John Gerspach on that bank’s earnings call with reporters, also on Thursday.

Gerspach said he sees potential for a “real commercial application” for blockchain, the technology that powers trading in digital currencies like bitcoin.

Source: Fortune

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