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JPMorgan Chase London Whale D: Risk Management Practices


  • Arwin G. Zeissler
  • Andrew Metrick


JPMorgan Chase (JPM) prided itself on having the best risk management practices in the financial industry, having survived the 2007-2009 financial crisis in better shape than many competitors. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon often spoke of the bank’s “fortress balance sheet”. A keen focus on risk management is vital to JPM’s longevity, as is the case with all highly leveraged financial institutions. However, the JPM Task Force that investigated the $6 billion 2012 London Whale trading loss concluded that risk management practices at the bank’s Chief Investment Office (CIO), the unit in which the loss occurred, were given less scrutiny by senior management than those of the bank’s client-facing businesses, despite the fact that the CIO managed $350 billion in assets, an amount almost double JPM’s total stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2011.

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  • Arwin G. Zeissler & Andrew Metrick, 2014. "JPMorgan Chase London Whale D: Risk Management Practices," Yale School of Management YPFS Cases 46788, Yale School of Management, revised Feb 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:ysm:ypfswp:46788

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    1. Anna Chernobai & Ali K. Ozdagli & Jianlin Wang, 2016. "Business complexity and risk management: evidence from operational risk events in U. S. bank holding companies," Working Papers 16-16, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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    Systemic Risk; Financial Crises; Financial Regulation;
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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