JPMorgan Stablecoin finally sees the light of day

JPMorgan Chase now recognises the blockchain’s profitability and has created a new business dedicated to digital currency and blockchain work.

JPMorgan’s Stablecoin finally sees the light of dayNOTÍCIAS

A year and a half after it was Bitcoin Code first announced, JPM Coin – the internal stablecoin of JPMorgan Chase – is now active and in use by a major transnational technology company for international payments 24 hours a day.

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According to a 27 October news story, this real-world proof that the technology is increasing efficiency and reducing costs has reinforced the megabank’s confidence in the promise and profitability of the technology. With the expectation that more commercial customers will sign up to use stablecoin, JPMorgan has created a business dedicated to digital currency and blockchain.

The new business unit, named „Onyx“, has over 100 employees and is being led by Umar Farooq as CEO. Takis Georgakopoulos, JPMorgan’s global head of wholesale payments, told reporters:

„We are moving into a period of marketing […] from research and development to something that can become a real business.
In the wake of PayPal’s recent adoption of cryptomeda, confidence among incumbents that blockchain can actually generate money for them appears to be increasing. JPMorgan’s experimentation and development with the technology so far can be divided into several main areas.

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First, the megabank is testing a blockchain-based Interbank Information Network since 2017, involving over 400 participating banks and companies. JPMorgan believes that the network, now renamed Liink, can bring significant efficiency savings to the complex interactions of correspondent banks in international wholesale payments. JPMorgan itself is responsible for international wholesale payment flows of more than $6 trillion per day in more than 100 different countries.

The bank has also identified the usefulness of blockchain to innovate the existing and outdated system of processing „hundreds and millions“ of paper cheques. Blockchain and scanning can safely banish the physical aspects of this transaction completely. Georgakopoulos said a new blockchain system is months away from commercial launch:

„Using a version of blockchain with participants being the main check issuers and the main lockbox operators, we can save 75% of the industry’s total cost today and make the checks available in a matter of minutes instead of days.
Finally, JPMorgan relies on the blockchain to create new payment trails for global central banks and their evolving digital currencies. Pointing to China and Singapore, Georgakopoulos expressed his confidence that the likelihood of CBDC adoption is „very high“.

The new CEO of Onyx gave his insights on why developments seemed „slow“, or at least equivocal, at the blockchain front at JPMorgan so far:

„If you think of blockchain, we are either somewhere in the valley of disappointment or just beyond it in the hype curve. That’s why at JPMorgan we were relatively quiet about it until we were ready to expand it and market it.