Bitcoin now makes the world’s largest banks look literally worthless courtesy of new data showing returns on their shares.
Banks Bite The Bitcoin Dust
Published by research firm Messari on July 9, the five-year returns of the world’s six biggest lenders make for grim reading when valued in BTC.
According to Messari, since 2014, Deutsche Bank returns have fallen 98.9 percent in Bitcoin terms.
The stricken German institution, which this week began mass staff layoffs which will affect 18,000 people, fared the worst out of the banks under comparison.
Next was Wells Fargo, which managed a 95.3 percent reduction, followed by Morgan Stanley and Citigroup on 92.9 percent and 92.2 percent respectively.
Bank of America came in at 90.4 percent, while the ‘best’ performer was JPMorgan, the US’ biggest bank, which saw an 89.5 percent drop in BTC terms.
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words,” Messari researcher Jack Purdy commented while uploading the findings on Twitter.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words
But this is worth 5:
“Long bitcoin, short the bankers” pic.twitter.com/HI2DdO6ria
— Jack Purdy (@jpurd17) July 10, 2019
ECB: BTC ‘Not Currency’
Banks continue to feel the pressure amid global instability and the associated rise of decentralized cryptocurrencies in 2019. As Bitcoinist reported, a sense of unease pervades the industry following the announcement of Facebook’s Libra protocol, which could spawn new ways of circumventing the banking system for lay consumers.
China’s central bank became the latest institution to announce development of its own digital currency this week, officials confirming it was a direct response to Libra and the possibility of it being tied to the US dollar.