JPMorgan CEO Says BTC Is Fraudulent, a ‘Pet Rock;’ Bank of America Says CBDCs Are ‘Natural Evolution’ — News Week in Review

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has reiterated his supposed skepticism of bitcoin, recently calling it a “hyped-up fraud,” and a “pet rock.” For it’s part, Bank of America has said that it views central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins as a “natural evolution of today’s monetary and payment systems.” This and more on inflation and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s next moves, just below.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Calls Bitcoin ‘Hyped-up Fraud’ — Expects Satoshi Nakamoto to Increase BTC Supply Cap

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin “a hyped-up fraud.” The executive questioned the cryptocurrency’s supply cap, expecting a picture of bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto to pop up and laugh at us all when bitcoin’s supply hits 21 million coins.

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Morgan Stanley CEO Says Inflation Has Peaked and China Has Made a Major Pivot

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman says two changes have happened recently that “really matter” to the economy. The executive explained that inflation has clearly peaked and China has made a “major, major pivot” economically.

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Bank of America: ‘Digital Currencies Appear Inevitable’

Bank of America says “digital currencies appear inevitable,” adding that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins are “a natural evolution of today’s monetary and payment systems.” The bank expects “private sector beneficiaries to emerge in all phases of CBDC implementation.”

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All Eyes on the Next Fed Meeting: Market Trajectories Hinge on Decision

Equities, precious metals, and cryptocurrencies have been on a tear during the last few weeks of 2023, and all eyes are now focused on the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Federal Reserve governor Christopher Waller recently said that he favors a quarter-point benchmark rate increase at the next FOMC meeting. Analysts believe that current market trajectories will be dependent on the outcome of the next Fed meeting.

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