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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 07:47 PM

Exclusive - JPMorgan bet against itself in "Whale" trade [View all]

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - There is a new twist in the London Whale trading scandal that cost JPMorgan Chase $6.2 billion in trading losses last year. Some of the firm's own traders bet against the very derivatives positions placed by its chief investment officer, said three people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations, which launched an inquiry into the trading loss last fall, is looking into the how different divisions of the bank wound up on opposite sides of the same trade, said one of the people familiar with the matter.

The committee is expected to release a report on its investigation in the next few weeks.

The people familiar with the situation did not comment on the dollar value of the opposing trades placed by JPMorgan Chase & Co's investment bank traders, which was much smaller than the total positions put on by the CIO.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/29/uk-usa-jpm-whale-idUKBRE90S14C20130129

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