Jamie Dimon sees the best economic growth in decades, more than 4 Fed rate hikes this year
JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon speaks at the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 23, 2021. Jamie Dimon said the U.S. is headed for the best economic growth in decades. "We're going to have the best growth we've ever had this year, I think since maybe sometime after the Great Depression," Dimon told CNBC's Bertha Coombs during the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Dimon said the growth will come even as the Fed raises rates possibly more than investors expect. Goldman Sachs predicted four rate hikes this year and Dimon said he would be surprised if the central bank only raises four times.cnbc.com
Jamie Dimon said his daughter wrote him a 'long, elegant, nasty letter' after he joined Trump's business council. He referenced MLK to explain why he did it.
JPMorgan Chase's CEO said his daughter asked 'how could you, Dad?' when he joined Donald Trump's business council. He cited Martin Luther King.news.yahoo.com
After George Floyd's death, big business pledged nearly $50 billion for racial justice. This is where the money is going.
George Floyd’s murder prompted unprecedented corporate giving towards racial justice causes. Most of the money went towards reducing the racial wealth gap, with only a fraction targeting police reform, the cause that sent millions of Americans into the streets last summerwashingtonpost.com
JPMorgan 1Q profit up sharply, helped by improving economy
JPMorgan Chase saw its first quarter profits jump nearly five fold from a year earlier, as the improving economy allowed the bank to release roughly $5 billion from its loan-loss reserves that it had stored away in the early weeks of the pandemic.
Optimistic banks start moving 'bad' loans back to 'good'
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The pandemic and recession aren’t over by a long shot, but banks are feeling optimistic enough to start taking potentially “bad” loans off their books and move them back into the “good” pile. Citigroup had a similar story, releasing $1.5 billion of its loan-loss reserves that it had set aside earlier last year. Still, those amounts are just a fraction of the tens of billions of dollars into their so-called loan-loss reserves to cover potentially bad loans in the first months of the pandemic. In releasing funds from loan-loss reserves, the banks cited the improvement in the economy. JPMorgan still has more than $30 billion tied up in its loan-loss reserves, and banks like Citi and Wells have similar figures on their balance sheets.
JPMorgan's profits jump as economy, investment bank recovers
JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nations largest bank by assets, said its fourth quarter profits jumped by 42% from a year earlier, as the firms investment bank division had a stellar quarter and the banks balance sheet improved despite the pandemic. Excluding one-time items, the bank earned $3.07 a share, which is well above the $2.62 per share forecast analysts had for the bank. Banks had set aside tens of billions of dollars to cover potentially bad loans, and JPMorgan had been particularly aggressive in setting aside funds early in the pandemic. The driver of JPMorgan's profits this quarter was the investment banking business. The corporate and investment bank posted a profit of $5.35 billion compared with $2.94 billion in the same period a year earlier.
Bid to address health costs by 3 corporate giants is over
A health care venture created in 2018 by the three corporate giants to attack soaring care costs will shutter only a couple years after launching. (AP Photos, File)INDIANAPOLIS – A health care venture conceived by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan to attack soaring costs is dissolving. Haven, which was formed in 2018 by the three U.S. corporate giants, will cease operations by the end of February, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Health care costs have grown faster than wages and inflation for years, stressing families and employers. It started new designs for health care benefits that eliminated patient out-of-pocket payments like deductibles and coinsurance and encouraged access to primary care.
Bank profits remain resilient despite lingering pandemic
In the early months of the U.S. pandemic, banks set aside tens of billions of dollars to cover losses that could come from loans that were suddenly going bad. On top of the stimulus, banks entered into this pandemic the healthiest they’ve been in years and certainly healthier than they were before the financial crisis of 2008. JPMorgan set aside $611 million to cover potentially bad loans in the third quarter, a fraction of the $10.47 billion the bank set aside to cover bad loans in the second quarter. On Wednesday, Bank of America said it set aside $1.4 billion to cover potentially bad loans, far less than the $5.1 billion it set aside three months earlier. Most of the worry seems to reflect investors' uncertainty about whether banks will have to set aside additional billions in the future.
JPMorgan, Citi profits improve amid signs of recovery
Both Citi and JPMorgan set aside fewer funds to cover potentially bad loans, contributing to the improvement in their third-quarter results. JPMorgan had $611 million in loan loss provisions this quarter, a fraction of the $10.47 billion the bank set aside in the second quarter. Meanwhile Citigroup’s provision for credit losses was $2.26 billion in the third quarter compared to $7.9 billion the quarter before. Citi said its third-quarter net income fell to $3.23 billion from $4.91 billion a year earlier. JPMorgan and Citi were the first of the major banks to report its results this week.
JPMorgan puts $30B toward fixing banking's 'systemic racism'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – JPMorgan Chase said Thursday it will extend billions in loans to Black and Latino homebuyers and small business owners in an expanded effort toward fixing what the bank calls “systemic racism” in the country’s economic system. “Systemic racism is a tragic part of America’s history,” said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in a statement. Citigroup announced last month it is committing $1 billion toward closing “the racial wealth gap” in the United States, including $550 million toward homeownership programs for racial minorities. He noted that there’s a 30% gap between Black and white homeownership, amounting to about 4.5 million households. JPMorgan was one of 27 major New York-based companies that joined a program to recruit 100,000 workers from the city's low-income, predominately Black, Latino and Asian communities over the next 10 years.
Citi picks Jane Fraser as next CEO, first woman in that role
NEW YORK Citigroup announced that Jane Fraser would succeed Michael Corbat as the bank's next chief executive, making Fraser the first woman to ever lead a Wall Street bank. Fraser is currently head of Citi's global consumer banking division, a major part of the bank that includes checking and savings accounts but also Citi's massive credit card business. Fraser will be the first woman to lead one of Wall Street's big six banks. JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon has had women as his second-in-command for years, but shows no signs of stepping down from the CEO role. Corbat turned Citi into a much smaller and stable entity, focusing on its credit card businesses and its international banking franchise.
Banks set aside billions, bracing for more economic pain
Thanks largely to the funds set aside for bad loans, JPMorgan's profit fell by half in the April-June quarter, Citigroup's sank about 70% and Wells Fargo reported its first quarterly loss since the financial crisis of 2008. In its second-quarter results, JPMorgan said it set aside $10.5 billion to cover potentially bad loans. Thats on top of the $8.3 billion the bank set aside in April, when the pandemic was only just starting to impact the U.S. economy. Citi, which is heavily exposed in credit cards, set aside an additional $7.9 billion to cover potentially bad loans. Wells Fargo, which did not set aside as much money as its peers in April, had to play catch up this quarter, setting aside $8.4 billion to cover potentially bad loans.
Dow pops 250 points on blockbuster earnings
Blockbuster earnings from the likes of JPMorgan Chase and UnitedHealth sent the Dow climbing more than 250 points, or roughly 1%, in afternoon trading. After weeks of trying to decipher the latest developments in the trade war, the start of earnings season has allowed investors to refocus on the fundamentals. The IMF on Tuesday cut its 2019 global growth forecast, calling for the weakest pace since the financial crisis. However, the big banks on the front lines of America's economy reported mostly upbeat results on Tuesday. The Wall Street firm was hurt by slowdowns in M&A and the trouble in the IPO market.
JPMorgan closer to controlling second Chinese joint venture
JPMorgan confirmed Tuesday that it had the winning bid for 2% of China International Fund Management, a joint venture between the bank and its local partner. The price values the entire venture at 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), one third higher than an earlier valuation of 9 billion yuan ($1.3 billion), according to the exchange filing. JPMorgan has already received Chinese approval to run a separate securities joint venture. Foreign banks have geared up the process of controlling their Chinese joint ventures, after Beijing said it would eventually allow majority foreign ownership of domestic companies. Last week, Morgan Stanley signed a contract with its Chinese partner to buy enough of their joint venture in order to gain a 51% controlling stake.