It’s A Wrap! Six Traders (Wow, So Many!), Not Even A Billion Bucks Fine, And Blythe Gets Off Scot Free!

The CFTC and the Just Us Department are really cleaning house now!

(by Half Dollar) By now, everybody knows the news.

If not, well, from Bloomberg (bold added for emphasis and commentary)

JPMorgan Chase & Co. admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay more than $920 million to resolve U.S. authorities’ claims of market manipulation involving two of the bank’s trading desks, the largest sanction ever tied to the illegal practice known as spoofing.

Over eight years, 15 traders at the biggest U.S. bank caused losses of more than $300 million to other participants in precious metals and Treasury markets, according to court filings on Tuesday. JPMorgan admitted responsibility for the traders’ actions. The Justice Department filed two counts of wire fraud against the bank’s parent company but agreed to defer prosecution related to the charges, under a three-year deal that requires the bank to report its remediation and compliance efforts to the government.


The accord also ends the criminal investigation of the bank that led to a half dozen employees being charged for allegedly rigging the price of gold and silver futures from 2008 to 2016. Two have entered guilty pleas, and three traders and a former JPMorgan salesman are awaiting trial. In all, according to the settlement deal, 10 JPMorgan traders caused losses of $206 million to other parties in the market.

Feel free to read the rest of the article for the details, but only if you can stomach it.

I couldn’t.

Blythe Masters and Jamie Dimon will get off scot free, of course, and the highest up you’ll get for “justice” is Michael Nowak.

It is, after all, the Just Us department.