Fiat Defectors

 People Who All of a Sudden Think Bitcoin is Cool

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Jamie Dimon – CEO JPMorgan Chase

Before: “It’s a fraud ( talking about Bitcoin) (September 2017,  Source)

After: JP Morgan creates a new position dubbed Head of Crypto-Assets Strategy and appoints Oliver Harris to the role (May 2018 ,Source)

 


Christine Lagarde – Head of IMF

Before: “I think the banking industry has quite a few good days ahead of it” (November 2015, Source)

After: “I think that we are about to see massive disruptions,” (October 2017, Source)

 


Bruno Le Maire – French minister of Economy

Before: “We want a stable economy: we reject the risks of speculation and the possible financial diversions linked to bitcoin,” (January 2018, Source)

After: “We agree that crypto-assets can be very interesting for everyone. And we – obviously – are in favor of blockchain technology, which can provide very good support to financial assets in Europe or anywhere in the world.” (March 2018, Source)


George Soros – Billionaire

Before: “Cryptocurrency is a misnomer and is a typical bubble, which is always based on some kind of misunderstanding,” (January 2018, Source)

After: Grants ‘green light’ to his investment fund to start trading in Cryptocurrencies & Bitcoin (April 2018, Source)


Mark Cuban –  Billionaire Entrepreneur and Shark Tank Star

Before: “Nope, I haven’t invested in Bitcoin yet — I go up and down on it,”(January 2017, Source)

After: Tweets to his 7M fans “I just subscribed to Inside Bitcoin, and you should too!” (June 2017, Source)

 


Thomas Peterffy – Interactive Brokers chairman

Before: “For the first time, I am extremely scared,” (Expressed in regards to Bitcoin’s volatility) (November 2017, Source)

After: “I think that bitcoin being listed on two reputable exchanges gives a great deal of reputation to the product itself and I think as a result it will become even more popular than it’s been before,” (December 2017, Source)


Bryan Durkin – CME President

Before: “I really don’t see us going forward with a futures contract in the very near future.” (September 2017, Source)

After: CME plans to launch Bitcoin futures by the end of 2017 ( October 2017, Source)

 


Peter Schiff – CEO at Euro Pacific Capital

Before: “Here’s the problem, people are advocating the use of Bitcoins as if it’s a form of money, but it can’t be. Because bitcoins do not represent a store of value. You don’t know what bitcoins are going to be worth next week, next year, in five years….” (May 2014, Source)

After: Accepts Bitcoin as payment on his precious metals company. (May 2014, Source)


Jay Clayton – SEC Chairman

Before: Issues a warning to cryptocurrency investors (December 2017, Source)

After: “Distributed ledger technology has incredible promise for the financial industry.” (April 2018, Source)


Joe Weisenthal – Former executive editor if Business Insider

Before: “Bitcoin is a joke” (November 2013, Source)

After: “First of all, it’s wrong to say that Bitcoin has no value. There’s prima facie evidence that this is untrue.” (December 2013, Source)

 


Ray Blanco –  Agora, Financial editor

Before: “Bitcoin itself, it’s doomed. The end is near. Soon as Congress has a reason, they figure out how to shut it down. You mark my words. Too many banks have too much to lose. And if we know one thing, it’s that big banks and Congress are part of the same beast” (May 2017, Source)

After: “Blockchain and cryptocurrency tech is here to stay. The changes we’ve seen so far are just the start. My position’s evolved. Yours should too, if it hasn’t already.” (October 2017, Source)

 


Mark T. Williams – Finance teacher at Boston University

Before: Predicted Bitcoin would trade for less than $10 by June 2014 (December 2913, Source)

After: “Bitcoin has provided investors with massive returns in 2017 as a one-way space rocket, finally attracting the attention of large hedge fund speculators.” (November 2017, Source)

 


Timothy Sykes – Penny stock trader and entrepreneur

Before: “Bitcoin is nothing more than a virtual casino and perhaps the market dynamics of this fast-growing casino are saying that you should buy and hold Bitcoin, as the chart and price action suggests, but it is also the single most volatile and dangerous casino you’ll ever visit as any day the entire thing could collapse under regulations or hackers.” (November 2013, Source)

After: Writes a post in which he promotes a guide on how to trade in Bitcoin. (May 2016, Source)


 

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