Monthly Archives: June 2012

Crunch Time for Europe

It is an understatement to say that the markets were very challenged in May. After a reprieve of several months, the European debt crisis re-emerged with a vengeance as the Greeks failed to form a coalition government after the May 6th election, throwing the country’s future in the eurozone into question. Equally troubling is that the crisis has spread from the peripheral countries to Spain, one of the eurozone’s largest economies (making Italy more vulnerable). The problems are getting more serious and difficult to resolve. As the result, the desire of the eurozone to remain united is colliding with the weaker members’ reluctance to enact the necessary structural reforms. Read More»

Some Thoughts on JPMorgan’s Trading Loss

As no doubt everyone has read or heard, in early May, JPMorgan (JPM) announced a surprise trading loss of “slightly more than $2 bln”, incurred while trying to hedge European sovereign debt exposures. The media attention garnered by this loss has been relentless. The negative coverage is very atypical for this highly successful bank that buttressed its reputation by admirably managing through the credit crisis. Read More»

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