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Pam and Russ Martens: Dimon's remarks on Discount Window add to market panic
By Pam and Russ Martens
Wall Street on Parade
Thursday, February 27, 2020
During the financial panic of 1907, John Pierpont Morgan corralled the money men of New York together and convinced them to join him in bailing out teetering financial institutions in order to calm the panic in the markets. His plan worked.
Flash forward to today. Jamie Dimon is chairman and CEO of the bank that bears John Pierpont Morgan's name: JPMorgan Chase. The bank is the largest federally-insured bank in the United States with $1.6 trillion in deposits. It has more than 5,000 bank branches across America accepting the life savings of moms and pops.
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But JPMorgan Chase is also the largest trading and derivatives house on Wall Street -- a dangerous, combustible mix as it proved so well in 2012 when it lost $6.2 billion of depositors' money making wild gambles in derivatives in London.
On Tuesday his week, instead of offering words to calm markets in the midst of a panic over the global spread of the coronavirus, Dimon revealed to reporters that his bank planned to start tapping the Federal Reserve's Discount Window for loans -- an unthinkable strategy for a bank endlessly promoted by Dimon as having "a fortress balance sheet." Adding to market concerns, Dimon told Reuters' reporters that his bank would be borrowing from the Discount Window "against a range of securities and loans" as collateral. ...
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