JPMorgan Chase Whale Trades: A Case History of Derivatives Risks and Abuses

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 14, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Whale Trades: A Case History of Derivatives Risks and Abuses. Majority and Minority Staff Report, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, March 15, 2013.

  • “JPMorgan Chase & Company is the largest financial holding company in the United States, with $2.4 trillion in assets. It is also the largest derivatives dealer in the world and the largest single participant in world credit derivatives markets. Its principal bank subsidiary, JPMorgan Chase Bank, is the largest U.S. bank. JPMorgan Chase has consistently portrayed itself as an expert in risk management with a “fortress balance sheet” that ensures taxpayers have nothing to fear from its banking activities, including its extensive dealing in derivatives. But in early 2012, the bank’s Chief Investment Office (CIO), which is charged with managing $350 billion in excess deposits, placed a massive bet on a complex set of synthetic credit derivatives that, in 2012, lost at least $6.2 billion.”
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