Was JPMorgan Chase's $2 Billion Blowup Avoidable?
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JPMorgan Chase is under fire after it recently announced it expects to lose $2 billion on a complex derivatives trade. It's impossible for a bank with heavy trading activities to be loss-free, but was this particular blowup avoidable? It very well might have been, given the specifics of the trade and how unnecessary speculation actually is to the commercial banking model.
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