Testimony of Jamie Dimon Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Before the House Financial Services Committee

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Testimony of Jamie Dimon Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Before the House Financial Services Committee

Testimony of Jamie Dimon Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Before the House Financial Services Committee

Testimony of Jamie Dimon
Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Before the House Financial Services Committee
Washington, D.C.
June 19, 2012

Chairman Bachus, Ranking Member Frank, and Members of the Committee, I am appearing today to discuss recent losses in a portfolio held by JPMorgan Chase’s Chief Investment Office (CIO). These losses have generated considerable attention, and while we are still reviewing the facts, I will explain everything I can to the extent possible.
JPMorgan Chase’s six lines of business provide a broad array of financial products and services to individuals, small and large businesses, governments and non-profits. These include deposit accounts, loans, credit cards, mortgages, capital markets advice, mutual funds and other investments.

What does the Chief Investment Office do?
Like many banks, we have more deposits than loans – at quarter end, we held approximately $1.1 trillion in deposits and $700 billion in loans. CIO, along with our Treasury unit, invests excess cash in a portfolio that includes Treasuries, agencies, mortgage-backed securities, high quality securities, corporate debt and other domestic and overseas assets. This portfolio serves as an important source of liquidity and maintains an average rating of AA+. It also serves as an important vehicle for managing the assets and liabilities of the consolidated company. In short, the bulk of CIO’s responsibility is to manage an approximately $350 billion portfolio in a conservative manner.

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