JPMorgan Chase Trading Loss


JPMorgan announced on May 10 a surprise $2 billion loss from trades in its chief investment office, a division that was little known before Bloomberg News first reported in an April 5 story about the trades of the firm's Bruno Iksil. Nicknamed the "London Whale," Iksil had amassed a position so large that he was moving credit derivative markets. The story sparked a debate over whether the division, led by Ina Drew, one of the top women on Wall Street, was engaged in proprietary trading activities that would be outlawed by the looming Volcker rule.

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  • Dimon in DC Preserves Wall Street’s Black Box

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  • Congress Didn't Ask, and Jamie Dimon Didn't Tell

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  • JPMorgan’s Blunder Doesn’t Mean U.S. Should Bust Up Banks

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  • How JPMorgan Is Like Enron

    Last week when JPMorgan Chase & Co. warned investors about a $2 billion trading loss at its chief investment office, it also disclosed it had been using a faulty model to determine the unit's so-called value at risk. The story conjures up memories of a similar tale at Enron Corp. more than a decade ago.

  • Editors: Ignore Myths and Half-Truths of JPMorgan's Trading Losses

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s $2 billion trading loss has unleashed a whirlwind of commentary on how (and how not) to regulate the financial system. A few observations on some of the central questions that have been raised.

  • Jonathan Weil: What Jamie Dimon Doesn’t Know Is Plain Scary

    Last month, after Bloomberg News broke the story that JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s chief investment office had, in essence, become a ticking time bomb, Dimon, the bank’s chief executive officer, called the press coverage “a complete tempest in a teapot.” That explanation no longer works.


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