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Bond Trading Is Good To JPMorgan Chase. Mortgages, Not So Much

by Jacob Goldstein
Apr 14, 2010

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The first-quarter profits at JPMorgan Chase, the second biggest bank in America, make it look like a big Wall Street investment bank that happens to have a retail banking operation attached to it.

The bank said today that it made $3.3 billion in profits in the first three months of this year.

Most of that money — $2.5 billion — came from its investment banking division, which made a lot of money trading bonds, the company said.

The bank's "retail financial services" group, which includes retail banking, mortgage banking and real estate portfolios, lost $131 million during the quarter, driven by big losses in real estate. The bank also set aside $2.3 billion "for litigation reserves, including those for mortgage-related matters."

"Obviously, the mortgage area has been a very confusing, complex area," said Jamie Dimon, the bank's CEO, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

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