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Jamie Dimon Said Bitcoin is a Fraud, So I Bought More

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Cryptocurrency prices slid lower today after JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud that will eventually blow up” at a New York conference. He said it is “worse than Tulip Mania” and “only for drug dealers, murderers and people living in North Korea or Venezuela.” He even threatened to fire any of his employees that would dare to trade and profit from it. Someone seems threatened by cryptocurrency and it lashing out in a very hostile way.

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Of course, those criticisms make little sense and the irony is thick coming from Dimon. Lest we forget, his bank became over-leveraged, made predatory loans, took out-sized risks with complicated financial derivatives, contributed to the crash of the economy and wiped out the savings of millions of Americans.

Then he needed a taxpayer bailout, on top of unlimited credit a near-zero rates, just to survive. Unfortunately, he didn’t go to jail, despite clear crimes, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Now he has the nerve to speak out against Bitcoin, as if he is an authority or has an ounce of credibility left.

McAfee, whose company MGT Capital Investments mines the cryptocurrency, said he respects Dimon and people in his position “are not idiots,” but he challenged Dimon’s criticism.

“You called bitcoin a fraud,” McAfee told CNBC’s “Fast Money” on Wednesday. “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.”

“And the fact that bitcoin is consistently growing in its use and its value has to say something,” McAfee said. “Sure it will rise and fall as all new technologies are. But at the same time, it is certainly not a fraud.”

I doubt Dimon thinks it is a fraud either, as he has attempted to patent a “bitcoin alternative” multiple times without success.

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The conflict of interest is clear here, as Bitcoin threatens the profits and potentially the very existence of big banks like the one he runs. Not to mention that Dimon called Bitcoin a bubble in 2012 and 2015 at a fraction of today’s price. He missed the generational gains it has provided and feels threatened by it.

Yet, Dimon admitted that his daughter bought some and thinks she is a genius. That comment drew some laughter from the crowd, but his daughter has outperformed the vast majority of JPM’s high-paid ivy league traders over the past few years. Ouch! At least one member of the Dimon family is well hedged. Then again, we suspect Mr. Dimon is engaging in the time-honored trading of “do as I say, not as I do.”

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Dimon’s comments came as Bitcoin was already feeling pressure from threats by the Chinese government to ban ICOs and exchanges. Those that still look up to Dimon as some type of reputable investor may have been spooked by his comments and contributed to the current sell off. But let’s take a quick look at his track record of predictions about Bitcoin.

On January 23rd, 2014, he said that “Bitcoin is a terrible store of value.” The price was $854 at the time and has since gone up roughly 368%, even after the latest correction.

On November 11th, 2015, he said that “Bitcoin will not survive.” The price was $388 at the time and has since gone up 931%.

On January 20th, 2016, he said that “Bitcoin is going nowhere.” Yet it proceeded to climb from $419 on that day to $5,000, before correcting back to around $4,000 today. That is a gain of 854% in under 2 years.

Meanwhile, the company that he runs, JPMorgan (JPM) has generated returns of just 51% for investors over the past 3 years. Not a bad return to be sure, but nowhere near the rates of return that Bitcoin investors have enjoyed.

The Bitcoin price slid to a low of around $3,750 this morning, but has since bounced back to $3,900. The technical chart below hightlights the key support and resistance levels to watch going forward.

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The price point $3,750 was a key support level last month and again during the current sell off. The Bitcoin price has bounced off this level today. This double bottom increases the odds of $3,750 holding. It is fails, we will be looking for support at $3,500 or $3,200 to hold and buying aggressively at these prices.

I think we have likely seen the worst of this correction, but I can’t rule out a drop to the $3,250 – $3,500 range before it finally bottoms. The price has already dropped 25% from the recent high, but past corrections were in the 30 to 35% range. A drop to $3,500 would be a 30% correction and a drop to $3,250 would be a 35% correction from the high of $5,000.

While some degree of profit-taking is normal and healthy for any bull market, I believe this sell-off is being driven largely by unsubstantiated FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt). China has not outright banned ICOs or exchanges, but is more likely to announce regulations in the weeks ahead. This should not have come as a surprise to anyone and may actually weed out some of the more scammy players in this sector.

The major Chinese exchanges have yet to receive any cease and desist notices from Chinese authorities. Several Chinese ICOs continue, although they have excluded Chinese citizens from participating until the government makes a clearer ruling.

Furthermore, selling pressure derived from (financial criminal) Dimon’s comments is surely not going to last. He was back at it again today, commenting about how Bitcoin is a “pyramid scheme.” I think the attacks will likely increase and I view this development as a clear sign that the legacy financial players are very worried. Dimon’s comments are a buy signal in my view.

He has proven his inability to comprehend the cryptocurrency market or predict prices. I understand his high profile will cause many people to listen and panic sell, but I am confident this just amounts to a buying opportunity for long-term holders.

In addition to buying more BTC and ETH this morning, I also established a position in (reserved for premium members) on the dip to $10. This company is banking the unbanked and already had a robust business operation in Southeast Asia well before they incorporated blockchain technology and launched their ICO.

Speaking of ICOs, I am looking to participate in the following three offerings: (reserved for premium members). If you like these companies and want to invest in their crowdsales, you should visit their sites, enter your email, join their social media pages/diligence perform your own due dillgence. Some require that you register and whitelist yourself ahead of the actual sale in order to participate.

All of my cryptocurrency research (ICOs and excahnge-listed buys) can be found on the GSB Cryptocurrency Tracker. This page is free to the public until the end of the month. At that time it will become password-protected for exclusive use by premium members. You can sign up to get all of our research into precious metals and cryptocurrencies for just $99 by clicking here.

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Jason Hamlin is the founder of Gold Stock Bull, a site providing investment strategies for profiting on the bull markets in Gold, Silver and Alternative Energy. Jason has a background in market research with ACNielsen, and has developed an expertise at analyzing data, charts and market trends for several Fortune 500 companies around the world. Jason has an in-depth knowledge of investing, has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination and has been tracking the secular bull market in precious metals since its inception.
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