The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPM | Zero Hedge

From Pam Martens and Russ Martens via

Yesterday the Federal Reserve released a 19-page letter that it and the FDIC had issued to Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, on April 12 as a result of its failure to present a credible plan for winding itself down if the bank failed……

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.”

How could one bank, even one as big and global as JPMorgan Chase, bring down the whole financial stability of the United States? Because, as the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR) has explained in detail and plotted in pictures (see below), five big banks in the U.S. have high contagion risk to each other….

….Equally disturbing, the most dangerous area of derivatives, the credit derivatives that blew up AIG and necessitated a $185 billion taxpayer bailout, remain predominately over the counter. According to the latest OCC report, only 16.8 percent of credit derivatives are being centrally cleared. At JPMorgan Chase, more than 80 percent of its credit derivatives are still over-the-counter.

Contagion and derivatives exposure….. two facets of the same problem. To me the question is: why are too-big-to-fail banks allowed to carry such high derivative exposure? Wells fargo (WFC) seems to be the only big bank who is not swimming naked.

Source: The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns | Zero Hedge

The Creeping Eurozone Credit Crunch | Credit Writedowns

During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Japanese banks, getting killed with a falling Nikkei and their credit extended to Thailand and Indonesia, found that rolling off interbank lines to Korea the easiest way to shrink their balance sheets. American and European banks, not wanting to be the last out of Korea, panicked and followed the Japanese banks thus sucking in another country into the Asian crisis.

The Korean banks having to raise dollar liquidity sold their Brazilian and other emerging market bonds. Brazilian banks long their sovereign’s bonds that were declining in price had to raise liquidity and sold their Russian assets. The global margin call was on and fueled a full blown contagion and ended with the Russian debt default and LTCM crisis. Let’ hope it doesn’t come to this. Stay tuned and stay vigilant.

via The Creeping Eurozone Credit Crunch | Credit Writedowns.