Sen. Carl Levin from Michigan, the chair of a subcommittee that investigated the crisis, put it more bluntly. "This is not a hedge," he said. He called the loss a "stark warning" about the danger of "risky bets" at banks.
Q: How much will the trading loss hurt JPMorgan?
A: Likely not much at all, putting aside the impact of tougher regulation. JPMorgan is a big money maker. The $2 billion loss, which is before accounting for taxes, compares with $19 billion in net income last year and $16 billion the year before that.
What's more, Dimon said that $2 billion loss will be offset by $1 billion trading bets that have already paid off. Dimon said there are $7 billion more paper gains from trades that he can tap in case losses grow.
Q: Are more losses possible?
A: Dimon said he is trying to unwind the bad bets in a "responsible" manner to minimize losses, but prices can move against him. That would mean more losses. Dimon has said the $2 billion could become $3 billion depending on how markets react.
AP Business Writers Pallavi Gogoi in New York, Daniel Wagner in Washington and Christina Rexrode in Las Vegas contributed to this report.
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