Three JPMorgan executives expected to resign over $2 billion loss

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, May 13, 2012 17:50 EDT
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Three top executives at JPMorgan are expected to resign this week in the wake of a $2 billion trading loss.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the three include Ina R. Drew, the head of the risk-management division responsible for the loss, along with the top executive and a managing director at the London branch that placed the trades under her direction.

According to several JPMorgan executives, Drew had offered her resignation several times since the extent of the losses became known in late April, but CEO Jamie Dimon had previously refused to accept it.

The situation changed however, when Dimon revealed the loss on Thursday and it led to a 10% drop in the firm’s stock price the next day. “We made a terrible, egregious mistake,” Dimon has since admitted. ‘There’s almost no excuse for it.”

According to the New York Times, Drew’s problems arose from her belief that the derivatives trades she authorized could protect the bank from Europe’s economic problems while also earning a profit. When market conditions changed in April, however, she was overly slow to respond, resulting in that massive loss. Drew had been the fourth-highest officer at the company last year, earning $14 million.

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Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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