JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon sought to hide escalating trading losses that surpassed US$6.2 billion, misled investors and dodged regulators as a “monstrous” derivatives bet deteriorated last year, a Senate probe found.
Earlier today, as part of our JPM earnings recap we observed that "VaR plunged from $106 to $62" and wondered if it was just just "another excel copy/paste error" which as we reported previously, is what JPM's internal audit attributed much of the confusion surrounding JPM's VaR calculation around the time the London Whale blow up nearly doubled the firm's VaR.
In yet another hit for both the administration's trustworthiness and the hope of some spin-off of the GSEs, the WSJ reports that the Federal Housing Administration's projected losses over 30 years could reach as high as $115 billion under a previously undisclosed stress test.
The losses from JPMorgan's botched derivatives trade may reach $9 billion, nearly five times the amount announced in May, the New York Times reported Thursday.The Times quoted an unnamed source as saying a report generated in April showed that in a worst-case scenario the losses from the trade could reach $8-9 billion, but said some regulators expect something closer to $6-7 billion.Last week the CNBC business news network had also said the final losses would not exceed $6-7 billion, given that the company had moved quickly to unwind the position.
Regulators are trying to clamp down on rogue traders like JPMorgan Chase's Bruno Iksil, nicknamed the London Whale, who amassed large positions in credit derivatives as part of a complex trading strategy that eventually soured.
The U.S. has charged two former JP Morgan traders over the $6 billion 'London Whale' trading lost in the bank's London Chief Investment Office last year. Charges against former managing director Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, a low-level trade, include wire fraud and conspiracy to falsify books and records.