Markets
BCS

JPMorgan (JPM) Plans to Launch "JPM Coin" Using Blockchain

JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPM plans to launch its own cryptocurrency called the "JPM Coin" in order to help corporate clients instantly settle payments between themselves. With this move, JPMorgan becomes the first global bank to incorporate blockchain technology into its system.

The "JPM Coin" will be transferable over a blockchain network. Whenever a customer deposits money at the bank, he will be issued the digital coin. The coin can then be used for transferring money to other corporate clients over the same network.

Each of the "JPM Coin" will be redeemed for a single U.S. dollar. Hence, its value will not fluctuate, making it similar in concept to the "stablecoins".

Using these digital coins, customers at JPMorgan will be able to settle transactions instantaneously, thereby, reducing settlement risk. Moreover, the bank feels that this will help in mitigating counterparty risk and decrease capital requirements.

Initially, JPMorgan's CEO, Jamie Dimon was not very keen on using the blockchain network. In fact, in 2017, Dimon criticized bitcoins, calling it a "fraud" and saying that cryptocurrencies are "worse than tulips bulbs."

However, it seems that he regrets his decision now. While discussing "JPM Coin", the bank informed that it would be in favor of "cryptocurrencies as long as they are properly controlled and regulated."

Umar Farooq, JPMorgan's head of digital treasury services and blockchain stated, "As a globally regulated bank, we believe we have a unique opportunity to develop the capability in a responsible way with the oversight of our regulators."

Notably, this "JPM Coin" is just a prototype by the bank and JPMorgan plans to roll it out only on its in-house blockchain technology, Quorum, thereby, making it operational to only a few of its clients for now. However, once successful, the company intends to make it operable on all standard blockchain networks.

While "JPM Coin" comes as the first cryptocurrency that has been created by a U.S. bank, other banks like Barclays PLC BCS , Credit Suisse Group AG CS , HSBC Holdings plc HSBC and a few more continue to experiment with the blockchain technology.

JPMorgan remains on track for top-line growth, given its continued efforts to expand into new markets and focus on the card business. Moreover, higher interest rates and increasing loan demand are expected to support profitability.

Shares of JPMorgan have lost 10.7% over the past year compared with 13.8% decline of the industry .

Currently, JPMorgan carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Zacks' Top 10 Stocks for 2019

In addition to the stocks discussed above, wouldn't you like to know about our 10 finest buy-and-holds for the year?

From more than 4,000 companies covered by the Zacks Rank, these 10 were picked by a process that consistently beats the market. Even during 2018 while the market dropped -5.2%, our Top 10s were up well into double-digits. And during bullish 2012 - 2017, they soared far above the market's +126.3%, reaching +181.9%.

This year, the portfolio features a player that thrives on volatility, an AI comer, and a dynamic tech company that helps doctors deliver better patient outcomes at lower costs.

See Stocks Today >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM): Free Stock Analysis Report

HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC): Free Stock Analysis Report

Barclays PLC (BCS): Free Stock Analysis Report

Credit Suisse Group (CS): Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on Zacks.com click here.

Zacks Investment Research

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story

BCS HSBC CS JPM

Other Topics

Stocks