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

Lurking beneath Australia’s AAA economy… | On Line Opinion

Kellie Tranter highlights the unstable position of the big Australian banks:

Australia has had a current account deficit since the 1980s. That means we are spending more than we are earning. We’ve had to sell public assets to balance the current account deficit. Put simply, the surplus on the capital account is flogging off the sideboard to buy the fruit.

Our net international financial position is not strong and our gross foreign liabilities are alarming. Banks are the intermediaries between foreign lenders and Australia’s big spenders. The banks have mediated the private household debt and as a result if there is a worldwide recession, banks could be called to pay up.

Our banks have borrowed short (internationally) and lent long (domestically, for mortgages etc.)…….

I have been sounding off about the inadequate capital reserves of the big four banks — because of low risk-weightings attached to residential mortgages — but Kellie also raises the question of their $13.8 trillion derivatives exposure. She concludes:

If the banks are hunky dory why is it necessary [for the RBA] to set up a $380 billion emergency fund and, more importantly, is it enough in light of possible derivatives exposure?

Read more at Lurking beneath Australia's AAA economy… – On Line Opinion – 25/6/2013.