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The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns
At the top of page 11, the Federal regulators reveal that they have “identified a deficiency” in JPMorgan’s wind-down plan which if not properly addressed could “pose serious adverse effects to the financial stability of the United States.” Why didn’t JPMorgan’s Board of Directors or its legions of lawyers catch this?

It’s important to parse the phrasing of that sentence. The Federal regulators didn’t say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to “the financial stability of the United States.” [...] “…the default of a bank with a higher connectivity index would have a greater impact on the rest of the banking system because its shortfall would spill over onto other financial institutions, creating a cascade that could lead to further defaults. High leverage,
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Verdacht von CDS-Absprachen: EU verschärft Ermittlungen gegen Banken - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die EU-Kommission droht zahlreichen internationalen Großbanken mit empfindlichen Geldstrafen. Sie wirft unter anderem der Deutschen Bank verbotene Absprachen bei Geschäften für Kreditausfallversicherungen vor. >> /watch?v=u84NhfiGJ7o "Banks in the dock over CDS"
value  at  risk  OTC  trust  cartel  CDS  Corruption  accounting  jpmorgan  confidence  GoldmanSachs  transparency  deutschebank  trustagent  VAR  banking  crisis  too  big  to  jail  Barclays  toobigtofail  bank  crisis 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Beyond Barclays: Laying out the Libor Investigations - ProPublica
The Serious Fraud Office in Britain is considering a criminal investigation and the Justice Department could also potentially bring charges against individuals at the bank.

So who else is being investigated?
· UBS, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Last fall, European regulators seized documents from Deutsche Bank and others regarding manipulation of the Euribor.
- BaFin, the German regulator, is conducting a “special investigation” into Deutsche Bank, according to Reuters.
- The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that it has formally launched an investigation into the rigging of the inter-bank lending rate, Libor.

Private lawsuits over Libor are already underway. Last summer, Charles Schwab filed a suit alleging anti-trust violations against many Libor-setting banks and at least one class action has been filed alleging that Libor manipulation meant banks paid “unduly low interest rates to investors.”
LIBOR  rigging  scandal  BaFin  anti-trust  antitrust  deutschebank  HSBC  creditsuiss  jpmorgan  bankofamerica  BofA  citigroup  citibank  UBS  GFC  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  USA  UK  DOJ  SFO  fraud  misconduct  investigation  2012  BOE  CFTC  SEC  BBA  FSA  FAQ  EURIBOR  LIBOR  barclays 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Morgan Stanley Yoga-Troubadour-Crossword-Math Pro Muller Flees - Bloomberg
Portrait of one of the heads leaving a big bank to open own hedge fund.

Top-Tier Quants
Statistical Arbitrage (stat-arb)

Prop traders aren’t going away; they’re just changing addresses. Dodd-Frank only sought to end the practice in banks to reduce risk. Traders have been relocating to hedge funds and nonbank Wall Street firms such as KKR & Co.

Muller personally pays for weeklong vacations for the group to locales such as Grenada and Jamaica to celebrate good years. PDT off-site retreats have included white-water rafting in Maine and a paint ball competition in upstate New York. Despite a spate of new hires, Muller says employee tenure at PDT averages 7 1⁄2 years.
WallStreet  hedgefund  jpmorgan  VolckerRule  Dodd-Frank  arbitrage  proptrading 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Regulator Concedes Oversight Lapse in JPMorgan Loss -
"“It’s a fool’s errand to think regulators are going to be ahead of bankers”

“While the JPMorgan trading loss does not appear to have caused systemic problems, it is a clear reminder that Wall Street continues to need better risk management, vigorous oversight and, if the rules are broken, unyielding enforcement,”
transparency  regulation  toobigtofail  oversight  banking  jpmorgan 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
JPMorgan Joins Goldman Keeping Italy Debt Risk in Dark - Bloomberg
tied together w bungee cords

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), among the world’s biggest traders of credit derivatives, disclosed to shareholders that they have sold protection on more than $5 trillion of debt globally.

JPMorgan said in its third-quarter SEC filing that more than 98 percent of the credit-default swaps the New York-based bank has written on PIIGS debt is balanced by CDS contracts purchased on the same bonds.

By contrast, Goldman Sachs discloses only what it calls “funded” exposure to PIIGS debt -- $4.16 billion before hedges and $2.46 billion after, as of Sept. 30. Those amounts exclude commitments or contingent payments, such as credit-default swaps, said Lucas van Praag, a spokesman for the bank.

“Their position is you don’t need to know the risks, which is why they’re giving you net numbers,” said Nomi Prins, “Net is only as good as the counterparties on each side of the net -- that’s why it’s misleading in a fluid, dynamic market.”
jpmorgan  goldmansachs  sovereign  debt  exposure  derivatives  2011  PIIGS  CDS  toobigtofail  counterpartyrisk  citigroup  bankofamerica  boa  morganstanley  USA  Europe  lehmanbrothers  crisis  analysis  financialmarket  default  liquidity  solvency  confidence  trust 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
U.S. Said to Be Ready to Sue Banks Over Mortgages -
The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among others, according to three individuals briefed on the matter.
The suits stem from subpoenas the finance agency issued to banks a year ago. If the case is not filed Friday, they said, it will come Tuesday, shortly before a deadline expires for the housing agency to file claims.
The suits will argue the banks, which assembled the mortgages and marketed them as securities to investors, failed to perform the due diligence required under securities law and missed evidence that borrowers’ incomes were inflated or falsified. When many borrowers were unable to pay their mortgages, the securities backed by the mortgages quickly lost value.

The FHFA was created in 2008 and assigned to oversee the hemorrhaging government-backed mortgage companies, a process known as conservatorship.
deutschebank  bofa  jpmorgan  goldmansachs  FHFA  subpoena  subprime  2011  misleading  trust  documentation  housing  bubble  housemarket  mortage  fraud  fanniemae  freddiemac  UBS  citigroup  AIG  CountrywideFinancial  merrylllynch  bailout  government  subsidizing  toobigtofail  systemicrisk  banking 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Morgan Stanley at Brink Got $107B From Fed - Bloomberg

Hedge Funds pulled money out ... out of banks who facilitate their trades.
Prime brokers facilitate short trades, the sale of borrowed stock in the hope of buying it back later at a lower price. They also make margin loans to finance stock purchases. In exchange, hedge funds usually keep their cash and stock in accounts at the prime-brokerage companies.

“So if clients pulled their money out, the view was that money had not been lent out, so the cash would have been sitting there able to hand over. It turns out that that was not entirely correct.”

In reality, “prime brokers were able to reuse clients’ assets to raise cash for their own activities,” the financial crisis commission wrote in its final report, published in January. Azarchs said that in her years covering Morgan Stanley for S&P she never heard executives discuss the risk that the funding might evaporate.
Fed  meltdown  fiancial  crisis  discountwindow  2008  jpmorgan  morganstanley  interbank  liquidity  freeze  emergency-lending  operation  benbernanke  henrypaulson  hedgefunds  panic  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  banking  lehmanbrothers  history  goldmansachs  broker  service  lesson  financialcrisis  PrimaryDealerCreditFacility  lenderoflastresort  PDCF  JimChanos  JohnMack  TermSecuritiesLendingFacility  TSLF  TARP  POMO  counterpartyrisk  toobigtofail 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Bank Of America To Pay $8.5 Billion To Settle Mortgage (Mis)Representation Suit With BlackRock, Pimco, New York Fed Et Al. | zero hedge
Bank of America may be about to part with more money than it has earned since 2008 in what will soon be the biggest financial settlement in the industry to date According to the WSJ, the Charlotte, NC-based bank is preparing to pay $8.5 billion to settle mortgage (mis)representation claims (aka the Mortgage putback issue) brought on by such high profile figures as BlackRock, Pimco, MetLife and, of course, the Federal Reserve, 

The deal could embolden mutual-fund managers, insurance companies and investment partnerships to go after similar settlements with other major U.S. banks, arguing that billions in loans scooped up before the U.S. housing collapse didn't meet sellers' promises or were improperly managed. Most vulnerable would be Wells Fargo & Co and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., which along with Bank of America collect loan payments on about half of all outstanding U.S. mortgages.
MBS  settelment  jpmorgan  bankofamerica  BofA  BlackRock  Pimco  fraud  misleading  misrepresentation  SEC 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Goldman Caught Manipulating Brent/WTI Spread: Penalty: $40,340 | zero hedge
"On 28 January 2011 the Exchange’s monitoring detected six notable “price spikes” in the April11 Brent/WTI spread, between 14:26 hours and 14:31 hours UK time. These were investigated and found to be the result of a limit order and several large market orders placed in quick succession by a GSF trader...In relation to the events described above, the Exchange alleged that GSF had breached the following Rule: "It shall be an offence for a trader or Member to engage in disorderly trading whether by high or low ticking, aggressive bidding or offering, or otherwise."

"Having examined the instant messenger logs of the communication between the GSF trader and their client, the Committee found no evidence of intentional manipulation of the market; nevertheless it considered the breach to be of a serious nature." 

Bottom line: the fine for Goldman Sachs: £25,000
FSA  goldmansachs  fraud  settelment  oil  oilprice  commodities  jpmorgan  manipulation  LIBOR 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
JPM Settles Magnetar Charges Related To Misleading CDO Information With SEC For $153.6 Million | zero hedge

The recurring question from the ongoing press conference is why nobody at JPM is being charged, and Khuzami is completely unable to reply.Another question for the porn addicts is why it charged GSC's Steffelin in this case while it did not charge anyone from ACA in Abacus. Either the response is either very muffled, or Khuzami has a large appendage in his mouth.
Question: who at JPM knew that Magnetar was selecting the CDO; SEC response: we will not comment beyond what is publicly filed. ...
Magnetar  CDO  jpmorgan  SEC  settelment  2011  fraud  Abacus  wallstreet 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Was LinkedIn Scammed? -
People argue that after Linkedin was waited so long for IPO ... that the huge difference between initial price and opening price, that the banks mis priced the IPO

New York Stock Exchange, they opened not at $45, or anywhere near it. The opening price was $83 a share, some 84 percent higher than the I.P.O. price. By the time the clock had struck noon, the stock had vaulted to more than $120 a share, before settling down to $94.25 at the market’s close. The first-day gain was close to 110 percent.

As Eric Tilenius, the general manager of Zynga, wrote on Facebook: “A huge opening-day pop is not a sign of a successful I.P.O., but rather a massively mispriced one. Bankers are rewarding their friends and themselves instead of doing their fiduciary duty to their clients.”
linkedin  IPO  banking  banks  jpmorgan  merrylllynch  fiduciary  financialmarket  wallstreet 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
How A Charlotte Stripper Got Credit Suisse To Admit To Mortgage Fraud And That "Someone Should Go To Jail For This" | zero hedge
"Someone needs to go to jail on this one." And yet, nobody, not even Angelo Mozillo has, courtesy of the SEC. If there is one email thread that encapsulates all the excesses in the housing bubble, this is it. As for the rhetorical question at the end, we are confident that absolutely nobody will ever go to jail "on this one" or any other one for that matter.
Start at the bottom and read up.
mortage  fraud  Mozilo  SEC  settelment  creditsuiss  jpmorgan  BofA  deutschebank  2011  housing  bubble  excess  subprime  merrylllynch 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Does The Glencore IPO Have Goldman Sachs And Morgan Stanley Waking Up In A Cold Sweat? Dealbreaker: A Wall Street Tabloid Business News Headlines and Financial Gossip
“Glencore is unregulated and competes in many of the same businesses,” said William D. Cohan, author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World” and a contributing editor to Bloomberg. “It’s based in Switzerland and can do a lot of things that Goldman can’t do anymore.”
glencore  goldmansachs  jpmorgan  regulation  reform  commodities  proptrading  2011  competition 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Foreclosure Probe Talks Said to Yield Some Agreements With Banks - Bloomberg
Signed Agreements
In addition to Bank of America and JPMorgan, also taking part in the regulator agreements were Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), Citigroup Inc. (C), the GMAC unit of Ally Financial Inc., Aurora Bank FSB, EverBank Financial Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc, OneWest, MetLife Inc., PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (PNC), Sovereign Bank, SunTrust Banks Inc., and US Bancorp.
Bank of America, JPMorgan, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, New York-based Citigroup and Detroit-based Ally are the five companies involved in the talks with the 50 states.
The federal regulators said their agreements with the servicers are designed as a tool for state and federal law enforcement agencies as they seek a global settlement.
foreclosure  2009  2010  2011  settelment  BofA  jpmorgan 
april 2011 by asterisk2a
JPMorgan Ex-Structured Product CDO Head Llodra May Face SEC Suit - Bloomberg
Michael Llodra, who was global head of structured-product collateralized debt obligations when he left JPMorgan, received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 4 saying investigators planned to pursue civil claims against him related to the sale of a 2007 product, according to Llodra’s broker registration filings. The SEC also gave a Wells notice on Jan. 14 to Edward Steffelin, a former executive at a firm that helped manage JPMorgan’s 2007 “Squared” CDO, his brokerage records show.
The SEC has been probing whether JPMorgan, the second biggest U.S. bank by assets, and Steffelin’s former firm, GSC Group, misled investors about hedge-fund Magnetar Capital LLC’s possible role in selecting underlying assets in the $1.1 billion Squared deal, according to a person briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe isn’t public.
SEC  jpmorgan  2011  suit  CDO  Magnetar  fraud  misleading 
april 2011 by asterisk2a
Lehman Failed Lending to Itself in Alchemy Eluding Dodd-Frank - Bloomberg
By the time Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LEHMQ) became the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history, plunging the economy into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, the firm had made $3 billion in loans to itself in transactions that even today would elude the Dodd-Frank law designed to prevent such financial alchemy.
Lehman turned souring real estate investments into top- rated securities that the bank’s insiders dubbed “goat poo,” according to court records. The securities, called Fenway commercial paper, helped keep Lehman afloat over the summer of 2008, until a trading partner determined they were “worth practically nothing.” That precipitated Lehman’s demise on Sept. 15, 2008, bankruptcy documents and a May 2010 Lehman lawsuit show.

Lehman pledged Fenway notes as collateral to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) in June 2008, according to a report by Lehman’s bankruptcy examiner,....
lehmanbrothers  financial  alchemy  Dodd-Frank  regulation  reform  jpmorgan 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
JP Morgan settles $1.2bn case | City A.M.
JPMorgan Chase has settled a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding bond investors out of at least $1.2bn (£741m) through bad record keeping, court records show. Investors had accused JPMorgan of deleting records on $46.8bn of bonds from roughly 6,500 bond issues that had not been cashed in, and then covering up its mistakes. “Any party who presents a valid bond for payment will be paid,” a bank spokeswoman said.
jpmorgan  fraud  2011  settelment 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Lehman Pushed Goat Poo Securities, J.P. Morgan Says - Deal Journal - WSJ
J.P. Morgan Chase, in a lawsuit against Lehman, cited emails it says suggest Lehman knowingly misled J.P. Morgan into keeping “goat poo” securities, reported Deal Journal colleague Joseph Checkler.
jpmorgan  lehmanbrothers  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  2011  securities  barclays 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Madoff Lawsuit Says Greed Blinded HSBC to Fraud: Commentary by Ann Woolner - Bloomberg
But instead of running in the opposite direction, HSBC and its codefendants created, promoted, managed and supported an international network of feeder funds. They poured billions into Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, collecting hundreds of millions of dollars or more in fees.
Suing JPMorgan
So say lawyers at Baker Hostetler working with Irving Picard, the trustee who is liquidating Madoff’s business and gathering assets to distribute to victims.
The HSBC case is the latest of the suits Picard has filed against financial institutions. Last week it was New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $6.4 billion.
As Madoff’s primary banker for two decades, JPMorgan “was at the very center of that fraud, and thoroughly complicit in it,” David J. Sheehan, counsel for Picard, said in a statement.
HSBC  madoff  2010  jpmorgan  jpmorganchase  fraud  UBS 
december 2010 by asterisk2a
JPM, HSBC Sued For Silver Market Manipulation, Reaping Billions In Illegal Profits | zero hedge
Yesterday's announcement by CFTC commissioner Bart Chilton that he was fully aware of fraudulent efforts to persuade and deviously control silver prices may have been the straw that broke the gold and silver price manipulating camel's back on precious metal manipulation. Today, Brian Beatty and Peter Laskaris (Southern District Court of New York, cases 10-08146, and 10-01857) sued the two firms at the very top of the precious metal manipulation pyramid: JPMorgan and HSBC. The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, alleges that "between in or about March 2008 and continuing through the present, Defendants have combined, conspired and agreed to restrain trade in, fix, and manipulate prices of silver futures and options contracts traded in this District on the COMEX division of the NYMEX.
silver  manipulation  jpmorgan  HSBC  fraud  stockmarket  2010  commodities 
october 2010 by asterisk2a
Allan Sloan - The real foreclosure mess: Lack of accountability for banks
If you miss a payment on your credit card or send it in a few days late, you get penalized. Forget to make a loan payment, your credit rating gets vaporized. But if a bank doesn't do its job properly - for example, if you can't get a knowledgeable and competent human on the phone to deal with a loan modification or a paperwork mix-up because the bank is holding down back-office costs to save money - it ends up being your problem, not the bank's.

It's utterly shocking, even to a congenital skeptic like me, to see that giant institutions such as Bank of America, GMAC and J.P. Morgan were allegedly using misleading affidavits to oust people from their homes. Employees of these institutions - the "robo-signers" - repeatedly misled courts by saying they had examined documents they hadn't examined.
accountability  foreclosure  bailout  USA  banks  banking  2010  law  financial  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  BofA  jpmorgan  GMAC 
october 2010 by asterisk2a
Fair Game - In the Mortgage Drama, One Role Is Enough -
Banks are back office for mortgage lending industry. their tasks are fairly simple: they take in monthly mortgage payments&distribute them 2 whoever owns the loans. ie large institutions like pension funds or mutual funds own the mortgages, and servicers are obligated to act in their interests at all times.

defaulting loan servicing becomes much more complex and laborious. Servicers must chase delinquent borrowers possibly into foreclosure.

conflict of interest
the same bank that services a primary mortgage owned by another institution also owns a second mortgage or home equity line of credit on the same property. When that borrower has trouble meeting both payments, the servicer has an interest in making sure that amounts owed on the second lien, which it owns, continue to be paid even if the first loan, which it has no interest in, slides into delinquency. About two-thirds of primary mortgages are serviced by banks who do not own them but hold the accompanying seconds.
BankofAmerica  BoA  jpmorgan  citibank  citigroup  wellsfargo  conflict  fraud  2010  mortage  lending  practice  usa  housing  bubble  SEC  FDIC  FHDA 
august 2010 by asterisk2a
Obama Says Bank Fee Aimed at Recovering Rescue Money (Update1) -
“My determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people,”

The fee would apply to financial companies with assets greater than $50 billion. The levy would be based on bank liabilities and be imposed starting June 30 on companies such as Citigroup Inc., American International Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp.

The administration estimates it will raise $90 billion over 10 years and $117 billion over 12 years. An administration official who briefed reporters said the budget office estimates the 10-year figure will be enough to recoup all the losses in the TARP

With congressional elections coming up in November, Obama is tapping into public anger over the taxpayer bailouts of the financial and auto industries,
Even before it was formally released, the proposed Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee drew criticism from the industry.
TARP  banks  banking  regulation  reform  jpmorgan  jpmorganchase  taxation  FinancialCrisisResponsibilityFee  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
january 2010 by asterisk2a

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