The world’s most powerful banker has attacked socialism, saying it produces “stagnation, corruption and often worse”.
JP Morgan’s chief executive, Jamie Dimon, took aim at socialism in his annual letter to shareholders, and warned it would be “a disaster for our country”.
Dimon, who was paid $31m last year as the head of America’s largest bank and who is estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.3bn, took his swipe as a new wave of left politics has emerged in the US.
Democratic socialism has been embraced by a new generation of politicians, including New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and supporters of Bernie Sanders, a longtime socialist now making a second bid for the presidency.
Dimon’s attack also comes as many leftwing Democrats, including Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have called for the breakup of big businesses and greater regulation of banking in particular.
In his letter, Dimon wrote: “When governments control companies, economic assets (companies, lenders and so on) over time are used to further political interests – leading to inefficient companies and markets, enormous favoritism and corruption.”
He went on: “Socialism inevitably produces stagnation, corruption and often worse – such as authoritarian government officials who often have an increasing ability to interfere with both the economy and individual lives – which they frequently do to maintain power. This would be as much a disaster for our country as it has been in the other places it’s been tried.”
Socialism is set to be one of the key issues of the 2020 election cycle. Donald Trump has already begun campaigning against socialism and used his State of the Union address to declare that “America will never be a socialist country.”
“It is absolutely obvious that a big chunk of [people] have been left behind,” Dimon said last month. “Forty percent of Americans make less than $15 an hour. Forty percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 bill, whether it’s medical or fixing their car. Fifteen percent of Americans make minimum wages, 70,000 die from opioids [annually].”
In his letter, Dimon acknowledged capitalism’s “flaws” but praised it as “the most successful economic system the world has ever seen”.
He wrote: “This is not to say that capitalism does not have flaws, that it isn’t leaving people behind and that it shouldn’t be improved. It’s essential to have a strong social safety net – and all countries should be striving for continuous improvement in regulations as well as social and welfare conditions.”
Hundreds of police swarmed the streets of Beijing’s financial district on August 6 as Chinese authorities aggressively quashed a planned protest against losses sustained by peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms. (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Another P2P Lending Crisis in China, 220,000 Investors Losing 14.5 Billion Yuan
One of China’s top peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms, tuandai.com, collapsed last week, resulting in financial losses for scores of Chinese investors. The platform owners Tang Jun and Zhang Lin surrendered themselves to police on March 27.
“Never say never, but it would take a massive shift in the appetite for risk assets globally for us to go retest the lows or make new lows for the crypto market now.”
April Gold’s tortuous slog toward an ‘easy’ rally target at 1332.00 warrants a closer look at the bearish case. For if the futures were to fall just $9 to the green line shown in the chart (click on inset), that would trip a theoretical sell signal to as low as 1255.90 — a 4.5% plunge from current levels. Although the bull trend begun last August from 1182 still dominates the daily chart, the A-B countertrend shown in the chart is sufficiently compelling to imply that a sharp correction may be imminent. The danger would be averted by a rally exceeding 1356. 80, where a small but technically significant peak was notched on the way down from 1400 last spring.
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North Korea’s military has stolen more than half a billion dollars in cryptocurrency
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QuadrigaCX, which had been Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange prior to its sudden collapse, was seemingly a trustworthy storehouse of its customers’ crypto wallets – its CEO, Gerry Cotten, also a seeming humanitarian who, prior to his alleged “passing away,” was supposedly traveling in India where he was “opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need.”
But many are asking serious and pertinent questions following the news that Cotten was allegedly the only person at QuadrigaCX who possessed the “keys” to the company’s crypto wallets, and that he somehow failed to share these keys with anyone else – even though he knew he was sick.
The official story is that Cotten let out his final breath after suffering “complications” associated with his “Crohn’s disease,” and that remaining employees at QuadrigaCX have had “no luck” gaining access to the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of crypto coins that are now supposedly inaccessible by anyone.
“Since his death, 115,000 customers of the exchange have been struggling with Mt. Gox-style ‘liquidity issues’ as those trying to withdraw their funds have suddenly found it extremely difficult – if not impossible – to do so successfully,” explains ZeroHedge.com.
Crypto General News
Binance has partnered with Israel-based payments processing firm Simplex to allow purchases with Visa and MasterCard. At launch, credit card purchases will be enabled for BTC, ETH, LTC and XRP – tradable against the 151 other tokens Binance offers.
Boerse Stuttgart Group, Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, has launched a mobile app for crypto trading after a year of development. The Bison app is available on iOS 9+ and Android 4.4+ devices in Germany, and allows users to trade in BTC, ETH, LTC and XRP and fund their accounts with euros – along with zero trading fees and a built-in wallet.
B2C2, an electronic OTC trading firm and crypto liquidity provider, has received the green light to offer crypto derivatives in the U.K. The FCA regulated firm will offer crypto contracts for difference (CFDs) for BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC and XRP.
Cboe has resubmitted its joint proposal with VanEck and SolidX after being withdrawn earlier this month due to the U.S. government shutdown.
Cottonwood Vending LLC is the latest company to receive New York’s coveted BitLicense and is now the third Bitcoin ATM operator to do so.
Fidelityannounced its crypto trading and custody platform is in its “final testing” phase. The release noted the company has on-boarded “a select set of eligible clients” already.
IBM has completed a trial of blockchain technology to track a shipment of 28 tons of mandarin oranges from China to Singapore. IBM created an electronic bill of lading, or e-BL, which sped up administrative processes “to just one second” along with reducing costs.
Prime Trust, the Nevada trust company, announced it has removed all fees for storing cryptocurrencies – in line with what it charges to custody stocks and bonds.
QuadrigaCX, the Canadian crypto exchange, is filing for protection from creditors, a step taken to avoid bankruptcy. QuadrigaCX has asked the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to appoint Ernst & Young (EY) to act as independent third party to oversee its proceedings.
Staked, a startup that provides institutional investors with the infrastructure for non-custodial staking, has received $4.5 million in a seed round led by Pantera Capital. Notably, a Bloomberg article published today suggests proof-of-stake (PoS) token investors have a unique option to survive the protracted crypto market slump: staking their holdings.
Ethereum$107.72 USD (0.17 percent) anticipated test net solution, Görli blockchain, launched today. Görli will function as the test network to initiate new validators, as part of “phase zero” – Prysmatic Labs test for Ethereum’s shift towards proof-of-stake (PoS).
Stellar’s$0.083537 USD (0.32 percent) micropayments startup SatoshiPay is partneringwith Axel Springer, a publishing house owning some of Europe’s largest newspapers.
Ripple$0.309756 USD (0.49 percent): SBI CEO Yoshitaka Kitao just gave a speech on the impact Ripple and R3 will have on international payments: “Swift have run out of options, Swift have given up on what they can do internally.”
America’s growing budget deficit, and surging debt issuance, has so far not been a major issue allowing the US to fund itself with relative ease. However, one look at the CBO’s long-term debt forecast, and the skies may turn cloudy fast.
Bitcoin is NOT decentralized: Just 1,000 accounts control 85% of all Bitcoins in the world… and they easily rig market swings to skim profits from the masses
A sizable number of formerly dormant Bitcoin wallets are mysteriously coming alive, new reports indicate – including the relatively small handful of Bitcoin wallets that collectively hold upwards of 85 percent of the world’s total Bitcoin supply.
Following the recent mega-decline in Bitcoin’s value, where the popular cryptocurrency dropped in value from around $20,000 per coin last year to around $3,500 per coin at present, many Bitcoin wallets that have been inactive for anywhere between six months to two-and-a-half years are suddenly “waking up” – which has investors projecting more wild price swings for Bitcoin in the near future.
It would appear as though Bitcoin’s earliest adopters, many of whom have been sitting on somewhat large amounts of the cryptocurrency and doing nothing with it, are suddenly getting in on the action. According to Flipside Crypto, the number of inactive Bitcoin accounts has plummeted from nearly four million back in September to well under three million as of this writing.
“The owners of some of bitcoin’s oldest accounts — many of which have long been dormant — have shown signs of life starting in October,” explains Zero Hedge, citing data recently published by Bloomberg about where Bitcoin could be headed now that the old dogs are starting to play the game.
“The actively-traded supply of bitcoins has risen 40% since last summer … This is important because a similar pattern preceded large price swings in 2015 and 2017, most recently foreshadowing the frenzy of (manipulation aided) buying that sent the price of a bitcoin to $20,000 briefly before prices cratered the following year.”
As rumors about a possible Deutsche Bank merger with rival troubled German lender Commerzbank continue to swirl despite the seemingly never-ending investigations into a suite of alleged misdeeds by the bank, Bloomberg has given would be merger arbs weighing whether to buy the German lender’s battered shares one more reason to hold off.
Despite cost controls, increased efficiency, and higher activity offshore Norway, oil production at Western Europe’s largest oil producer fell in 2018 compared to 2017 and is further expected to drop this year to its lowest level since 1988.