Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s global head of payments Takis Georgakopoulos said that demand for cryptocurrencies as a payment method has seen a drastic decline in the past six months. 

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Fast facts

  • “When it comes to crypto as a payment method, we have a lot of demand for our clients, let’s say up until six months ago,” said Georgakopoulos. “”We see very little right now.” The price of Bitcoin is down over 55% over the past six months according to data from CoinGecko
  • While the bank is still supporting clients who want to use cryptocurrencies as a payment method, Georgakopoulos said they are avoiding principal risk on the assets and that they remain “a niche use case, at least for now.” 
  • Still, Georgakopoulos says JP Morgan sees digital currencies “as an alternative payment in the future that has some inherent advantages and also some issues compared to traditional payment methods.” Some advantages include the asset’s ability to exchange information, and its security and privacy, he said. 
  • This is why Georgakopoulos says JP Morgan is still investing in cryptocurrencies and watching the development of CBDCs. He notes that JPMorgan is investing in its own blockchain network, Onyx, that allows them to work with fiat currencies as well as digital currencies or central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) as they evolve in the future.
  • JPMorgan was one of the first banks to move into the cryptocurrency space and it recently became one of the key backers of London-based digital-asset startup Ownera, and in May experimented with using blockchain for collateral settlements. 

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