In a scoop snatched by CNBC earlier this morning, JP Morgan has created a stable coin to process payments at hyper speed and scale. The ‘JP Morgan coin’ has been under development for months and has been widely tested internally at one of the worlds largest banks.
As word spreads across financial media and crypto media alike, the term ‘Dimon Dollars’ has been used. Jamie Dimon, a noted Bitcoin and crypto skeptic, is now the first major global investment bank to use/issue an in-house and native token.
“The lender moves more than $6 trillion around the world every day for corporations in its massive wholesale payments business. In trials set to start in a few months, a tiny fraction of that will happen over something called ‘JPM Coin,’ the digital token created by engineers at the New York-based bank to instantly settle payments between clients.”
“J.P. Morgan is preparing for a future in which parts of the essential underpinning of global capitalism, from cross-border payments to corporate debt issuance, moves to the blockchain. That’s the database technology made famous by its first application, bitcoin. But in order for that future to happen, the bank needed a way to transfer money at the same dizzying speed that those smart contracts closed, rather than relying on old technology like wire transfers.”
We’ve maintained, even amongst skepticism and some disbelief, that JP Morgan was actively engaging in both blockchain and crypto technology. They have designs on using Bakkt as a resource for client involvement in crypto, and you can bet that sooner rather than later, their JP Morgan coin will be marketed to clients.
How that plays out is anyone’s guess at the moment. But if JP Morgan is good at anything it is marketing it’s in-house products to HNW and UHNW clients.
What does this mean for some of JP Morgan’s competitors? Is it that far fetched to foresee a Goldman Coin in the works? And other coins connected to global investment banks?
You can ‘bank’ on it.