JPMorgan Claims Things Aren’t Looking That Bad for Crypto

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JPMorgan claims that deleveraging fears are overblown as Bitcoin drops below $19,000


In a recent note, banking giant JPMorgan claims that the ongoing deleveraging cycle may not last long.

Cryptocurrency companies with healthier balance sheets are stepping in, in order to stem market contagion, the bank says.

Moreover, venture capital funding remains steady despite market turmoil, signaling that deep-pocketed investors still have a high level of conviction in the industry.

Responsibility to step in

In a June interview with NPR, FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried said that cryptocurrency firms had a “responsibility” to step in, in order to preserve the health of the entire ecosystem.

The exchange is leading the bailout season for struggling cryptocurrencies that have been hit hard. On June 21, BlockFi CEO Zac Prince announced that his cryptocurrency company secured a $250 million credit line. Earlier this month, cryptocurrency broker Voyager Digital also secured loans from Bankman-Fried’s Alameda Research.

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FTX also reportedly intended to throw a lifeline to troubled cryptocurrency lender Celsius, but it ditched the deal after discovering a $2 billion hole in the company’s balance sheet. “That’s gotta be a really really bad sign for Celsius’ state of affairs,” James Seyffart, research analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, tweeted.

Is Bitcoin undervalued?

Earlier today, Bitcoin, the top cryptocurrency, slipped to as low as $18,736 amid another stock market sell-off.

Last month, JPMorgan opined that Bitcoin’s actual value was $38,000 based on its volatility ratio to gold.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank recently predicted that the price of the flagship coin would recover to $28,000 by the end of the year.

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