US Bank Derivative Exposure

Thursday, August 21, 2008 | 02:30 PM

Chris Whalen at the Institutional Risk Analyst asks an interesting question: How Much Capital Does a Bank Need?

The short answer: Alot.

The longer answer depends upon the bank's derivative exposure. Chris includes this handy chart to help you figure out just what that cap need might be:

Economic Capital is as calculated by IRA.  All figures in $000 :

Sources: FDIC/IRA Bank Monitor; Q1 2008 data shown in “bank only” rollup.   

WTF? $90 Trillion dollars derivative exposure for JPMorgan ? No wonder the Fed "rescue" of Bear Stearns  was via JPM -- it was their own derivative exposure that was at risk.


Memo to the President-Elect; How Much Capital Does a Bank Need?
Chris Whalen,
Institutional Risk Analyst, August 21, 2008

Download bankcds_capital.pdf

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