JPM "Retires" Ina Drew, Appoints Former LTCM Trader And Chairman Of Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee As Replacement

Tyler Durden's picture

As reported yesterday, here it is officially:


Good bye Ina: we are sure that you will voluntarily claw back your $15 million bonus from 2011 one day ahead of the JPM shareholder meeting.

Now... Matt Zames... Matt Zames... where have we heard that name before... OH YES: he just happens to be the Chairman of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, aka the TBAC, aka the Superommittee that Really Runs America. The Matt Zames who... "previously worked at hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management LP, may have benefited as the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and JPMorgan’s takeover of Bear Stearns Cos. left companies and hedge funds with fewer trading partners in the private derivatives markets." In other words, the US Treasury is telegraphing it is now firmly behind JPM.

Jamie Dimon just pulled out the trump card: we survive or the Treasury gets it.

And some more on Matt Zames: 

Matt Zames is one of the contenders to take over from Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan. Why? Because he makes money for the bank. That's why. Or rather, the traders who work under him on the bank's OTC fixed income derivatives trading desk which has made money when the rest of the bank was going close to the wall. If your desk is the only one making serious money, you get to call a lot of the shots, and Zames, an ex-LTCM employee was promoted rapidly in the last 5 years to the executive committee.


Bully for him, but with power comes responsibility and Zames may come under a lot of scrutiny because of a court filing from the trustee charged with recovering money for Mr Madoff’s victims.


John Hogan, a senior risk officer at JPMorgan’s investment bank and a member of the company’s executive committee, voiced concerns about Mr Madoff’s firm to colleagues in 2007, according to a new version of the 114-page complaint. The allegation is part of a $6.4bn lawsuit filed against the bank by the trustee, Irving Picard. Mr Hogan is said to have learnt of Mr Madoff’s Ponzi scheme Zames.


“For whatever it’s worth, I am sitting at lunch with Matt Zames who just told me that there is a well-known cloud over the head of Madoff and that his returns are speculated to be part of a Ponzi scheme,” Mr Hogan allegedly said on June 15 2007, nearly 18 months before Mr Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was revealed.


Of course Zames' concerns went no further. How much he really knew, how much he disclosed and how much he acted on his suspicions to his own benefit may have a significant bearing on his career.

As for those who are in the Mons Venus vicinity tomorrow, and are bored during the day, this one's for you:

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maxmad's picture

Retired as put out into pasture?  or retired as in underground?

SilverTree's picture
transitive verb 1 : to bond or vulcanize a new tread to the prepared surface of (a worn tire) 2 : to make over as if new <retread an old plot>
SilverTree's picture

JPM down -2.25% Before the bell. :-)

GetZeeGold's picture



The Eric Holder Corruption Report:


Number of subjects retired : 12.4e15

Number of subjects relocated to France : 1

Number of subjects prosecuted : 0

Amount of campain money received : We're still counting it.



toady's picture

Sleeps with the fishes

falak pema's picture

Jamie Brasi? sleeps with the fishes? Or is it Luca Dimon?

falak pema's picture

fortress balance sheet behind the fiat jet spray; if it runs out of hot air...

SilverTree's picture


RacerX's picture

I keep wondering if/when this will happen. It would certainly be a 1-2 punch combo.

scatterbrains's picture

could you imagine a situation where JPM/FED is caught in a feedback loop where the higher silver goes the more they have to print to save JPM which causes silver to go higher causing more printing and on and on. Silver could be the pin that pricks the world wide fiat paper balloon.

SilverTree's picture

That would be truly spectacular.

Zero Debt's picture

Next up: "JPM Announces Closure of Commodities Prop Trading Unit" and "Position Unwind"?

mayhem_korner's picture



Meet the new boss...same as the old boss.

We won't get fooled again (oh no!).

RacerX's picture

" we survive or the Treasury gets it."

Lol.. we'll see how civilized these folks act when their nuts are in a vice.

t_kAyk's picture

"See, their morals, their "code"... it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these uh, these "civilized people", they'll eat each other."

~ The Joker

qussl3's picture

Buiter was right.

Helicopter drops incoming, only prob is its for the banks.

Whoop dee doo.

EscapeKey's picture

Why is that surprising? The Federal Reserve is a megabank bailout institution.

FlyoverCountrySchmuck's picture

So, why is anyone surprised by a move like this??

You didn't think the any bad Economic News would be allowed before Election Day, did you? JPM is going to made whole again, no matter how much it costs you.

ALL MUST PRAISE THE MESSIAH!!! (or the IRS pays you a visit)

GeneMarchbanks's picture

'Jamie Dimon just pulled out the trump card: we survive or the Treasury gets it.'

That is one hell of a card. Total Black Swan.

Jamie's Got a Gun...

SheepDog-One's picture

Banking by gunpoint of an AK-47....yea Im sure this will work out well! 

You'll TAKE the fukin loan and youll PAY us the interest! DO YOU COMPRENDE??

Jam Akin's picture

Jamie's got a gun and Jamie's got a rug...

ChickenTikka's picture

There's no crying in baseball, Ina!

Jim in MN's picture

All New York offices of the Treasury and Federal Reserve should be closed for a five-year 'breather'.

Reassign all staff to a nicer, cheaper office. 

Akron is nicer and cheaper.  Or maybe Amarillo.

gmrpeabody's picture

Yes..., Amarillo. They can use the conference room at the Big Texan for their meetings. And eat a huge steak at the same time! Classic!

Mach1513's picture

Yeah, Amarillo! Armpit of the world. By the stock pens. Thousands of steers waiting to be herded on to cattle cars.

What an o9dor - just like JPMC.

midgetrannyporn's picture

The Treasury doesn't need the parasitic bankers. When the walls come tumbling down...

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

No indictments no arrests.  Us taxpayer will cover all loses.   Really the procedure sucks.  It should be nationalize, indict, arrest convict then privitize.


Jim in MN's picture

Don't forget the Big D, forced divestiture (Ma Bell, most California/New York electric companies, etc. etc. etc.)

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

her and her chins are sadly the ones laughing.

in other news ill celebrate their fortunes by buying 10maples today.

toady's picture

I wish! I've been savings every FRN I can get, but I can only afford 3!

I wonder... are we close enough to the crash to load up a couple of credit cards that I'll never get billed for?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


The trend is your friend's picture i feel at ease as the really cleaned house

Snakeeyes's picture

What a surprise! .... NOT! Having worked on Wall Street, I know the drill.

mayhem_korner's picture



The Grand Manipulator in bed with the Tax Cheat.  We should be comforted.

Dr. No's picture

At least she is not eligable for unemployement, right?

samsara's picture

In other words, the US Treasury is now firmly behind JPM.

The US Treasury IS JPM,  fixed that for ya.

Jim in MN's picture



Let's make it extra easy today:


Corruption = Zero real returns across all paper asset classes (cf. PIMCO/Gross)

Corruption = Real savings must rise, and consumption fall, to make up for reduced investment returns

Corruption = -1-2 points off US GDP for next 20 years


Reprogram macro forecasts accordingly.  And, Have A Nice Day

Or Resist, and Have An Even Nicer Day :*)

SheepDog-One's picture

But, as Blythe said, JPM did nothing wrong just a little oppsie and no big deal! Treasury....bunch of bums. 1 thing they can count on not getting is any replies to their demands I pay them half my earnings.

Council of Economic Terrorists's picture

The masks are coming off and all will be revealed.

FlyoverCountrySchmuck's picture

LMAO! Yeah, sure they will. And the Sheeple will be too busy watching the mostly-gay Media praising the Newly-Minted Gay Messiah, on the Magic Squawking Box in the living room to pay attention.

If a bear sh*ts in the woods, and the media doesn't cover it, did it really happen?

(Ask a dead Libyan killed by Obama's Humanitarian bombs how this works.)

GetZeeGold's picture



No......Romney is the white guy.


toady's picture

The newly-minted thing threw me off...
Romney is the newly-minted candidate, the black guy is the old boss, so, technically he can't be anything "newly".

I don't know, I'm just not good at this political stuff.... Sorry!

Zero Debt's picture

The gay "debate" the MSM is pushing is a massive diversion from internal problems. Plain old trick in the book: when the budget fails and the treasury is nearly looted: start a frenetic debate about homosexuality, contraception or abortion. And use a lot of charged words, like "evangelicans", "neo conservatives", "liberals", "warmongers" and so on. Most people fall for it. And you can always spin off endless variants: veterans against contraception, servicemen for abortion, evangelicans for homosexuality and so on. Pretend that the debate is "divisive" and throw in some conflicting high-level endorsements. In this way you buy a few months of time to continue pillaging the remaining reserves.

Josh Randall's picture

This man sounds like a Good Fella

toady's picture

Socialize the losses!

goforgin's picture

Why don't  they just take some of their clients money and reimburse the losing division, or file insurance claim with the FED for the loss?

They could also transfer EBT balances to cover up the loss?