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JP Morgan now allows investments in Bitcoin

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JP Morgan Chase has begunoffering crypto and bitcoin products to its retail clients. 

This is what Business Insider revealed , which cites an internal note with which the bank communicated to its wealth advisors that they could begin accepting purchase and sale orders for five crypt products or for all clients of their wealth management, four of Grayscale and one of Osprey.

JP Morgan Chase is the largest US bank, and with this move it becomes the first major US bank to give its retail clients access to crypto funds. 

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The bank’s wealth management business manages total assets of approximately $ 630 billion.

A person familiar with the facts stated that the novelty applies to all JP Morgan clients seeking investment advice, including clients using the bank’s trading app, affluent clients whose businesses are managed by financial advisors from JPMorgan Advisors. , and the ultra-rich ones served by the private bank.

However, JPMorgan’s advisors will only be able to carry out crypto transactions at the explicit request of clients, while they will not be able to recommend investments in the five permitted crypto products. The enabled products are Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust, Bitcoin Cash Trust, Ethereum Trust and Ethereum Classic, and Osprey Funds’ Bitcoin Trust.

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JP Morgan and Bitcoin, change of course

This decision marks a real turnaround compared to those of the past, such as that of the company’s CEO, Jamie Dimon , who in 2017 even threatened to fire employees who bought bitcoin 

Moreover, the bank itself has been personally committed to the future launch of a fund on bitcoin, so the recent move in some ways might even seem obvious. 

Note that JPMorgan’s head of wealth management, Mary Callahan Erdoes , had previously stated that many of their clients viewed cryptocurrencies as a genuine new asset class , and that they would like to invest in it. So it is very likely that the bank’s decision is a consequence of specific wishes expressed by its wealthier clients. 

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Osprey Funds founder and CEO Greg King said: 

“We are thrilled to be on board JPMorgan’s wealth platform. We are the lowest priced publicly traded bitcoin fund in the US and we believe JPMorgan’s clients will see value in our product. ” 

At this point, if the initiative is successful, it is highly likely that other banks will also follow JP Morgan’s example.

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Identifies Altcoin With ‘Most Upside’ As Bitcoin Blasts Above $60,000

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As Bitcoin shoots above $60,000, business magnate Mark Cuban says one altcoin stands above the rest in terms of investment potential.

In a new interview with CNBC Make It, the billionaire says that Ethereum (ETH) is the best crypto prospect on the market.

“As an investment, I think Ethereum has the most upside.”

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Cuban, who previously stated that smart contracts on Ethereum’s blockchain have revolutionized the cryptocurrency market, believes that the second-largest crypto by market cap is the digital asset which most resembles legal tender.

“I wish I had bought [Ethereum] sooner. I think it’s the closest thing we have to a true currency.”

Cuban went on to reiterate his position that Bitcoin (BTC) is superior to gold because not only is its supply scarce, but it’s easier to transfer, store, trade, and fractionalize. That sentiment is shared by fellow billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic.

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Cuban’s comments come on the heels of him saying that customers prefer making payments in Dogecoin (DOGE) rather than BTC at his venues because Bitcoin tends to be a highly appreciable asset.

Ethereum is exchanging hands at $3,839 at time of writing, an 11% increase from its seven-day low of $3,431, according to CoinGecko.

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ProShares Set for Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch on Monday After Apparent SEC Approval

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly greenlit the country’s first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

ProShares, an ETF provider, filed a post-effective amendment prospectus on Friday that states the company plans to launch the BTC Futures ETF on Monday, a sign that the SEC has approved the product.

The fund doesn’t invest directly in Bitcoin, but it provides price exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts, a first in the US.

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Both Bloomberg and CNBC, citing people “familiar with the matter,” reported earlier in the week that the SEC planned to approve BTC futures ETFs from ProShares and the independent investment firm Invesco Ltd.

Invesco’s ETF is also set to provide exposure to a collection of exchange-traded products (ETPs) and private investment trusts that hold Bitcoin, rather than direct investments in BTC itself.

Last month, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said he was open to ETFs for Bitcoin futures, noting that they are filed under mutual fund guidelines which provide “significant investor protections.”

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Bitcoin is trading at $61,549.38 at time of writing and is up 6.6% in the past day and more than 40% in the past two weeks, according to CoinGecko.

BTC hit its all-time high of $64,804.72 in mid-April.

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Bitcoin May See Real Peak If ETF Is Approved and I May Cash Out Half My ETH: CNBC’s Jim Cramer

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Jim Cramer shares a common view that Bitcoin has the opportunity to reach a short-term peak or even a real peak if Bitcoin ETFs are approved next week.

Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has talked to Andrew Sorkin from CNBC’s Squawk Box show about the prospects of the Bitcoin price if or when four Bitcoin futures ETFs get the SEC’s approval next week.

Cramer also stated that he may cash out half of his Ethereum stash.

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SEC approval for ETF may push Bitcoin up, Cramer says

Answering Sorkin’s question, Cramer stated that a lot of people believe there is a high chance that the senior cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, may hit a short-term or even a real price peak if four BTC-based ETFs are approved by the SEC next week.

He corrected the host and said that the regulatory agency may approve not just one but four Bitcoin futures ETFs next week.

However, he stated that people are running ahead of a possible ETF approval.

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Bitcoin spikes to $59,500 as chance for ETF approval emerges

Earlier today, the flagship digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a multi-month high of $59,500 on the Bitstamp exchange. It happened after Bloomberg released a report, saying that so far the Securities and Exchange Commission has not objected to approving multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs that were submitted to it earlier this year.

The Bloomberg article stated that the information had been confirmed by multiple sources close to the SEC and to the matter in question.

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The media giant’s ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, believes that the likelihood of Bitcoin ETFs getting the green light has now risen to more than 90%. Still, he is not ready to “close the case” yet.

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