Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:
More great investigative journalism today from Pam and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade shows that JPMorganChase is listed as the owner of 62% of all stock derivatives held at all 4,914 federally-insured banks in the United States, a notional total of $3.3 trillion in derivatives.
The Martenses ask how anything like this possibly could be permitted by the U.S. government.
But the most plausible answer is obvious: that JPMorganChase isn't really the owner of these derivatives at all -- that the U.S. government itself is, and that the derivatives attributed to JPMorganChase are part of the government's comprehensive rigging of all major markets in the world, rigging long authorized by the Gold Reserve Act of 1934, as amended, and undertaken surreptitiously through the Treasury Department's Exchange Stabilization Fund, which, as the Martenses have reported twice this year, recently was cashed up by congressional appropriation:
The opening paragraphs of today's report from the Martenses are below, along with a link to the full report.
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
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OCC Report Shows JPMorgan Chase Owns 62% of All Stock Derivatives Held at 4,914 Banks in the U.S.
By Pam and Russ Martens
Wall Street on Parade
Thursday, December 23, 2021
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator of national banks that operate across state lines, released on Monday a report that details the quantity and variety of derivatives held by commercial banks, savings associations and trust companies as of September 30.
According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., there were 4,914 commercial banks, savings associations, and trust companies operating in the U.S. with FDIC insurance as of September 30.
The striking detail in the OCC report is that one taxpayer-backstopped, federally-insured bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., is for some unfathomable reason sitting on 62% of all stock (equity) derivatives held at all 4,914 federally-insured banks in the United States.
The second striking detail is that this federally-insured bank's holdings of stock derivatives come to a notional amount (face amount) of $3.3 trillion. (Yes, trillion with a "T.")
And the third striking detail is that 74% of JPMorgan Chase’s stock derivatives are not centrally-cleared but instead are opaque, over-the-counter contracts -- highly likely beyond the scrutiny of bank regulators.
Why is any taxpayer-backstopped bank in the United States allowed to own anything near a trillion dollars in stock derivatives, let alone a bank like JPMorgan Chase that has admitted to an unprecedented five criminal felony counts brought by the Justice Department in the past seven years, with three of those felony counts for rigging markets? ...
... For the remainder of the report:
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