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JPMorgan's $100 million penalty: The seven-year trade monitoring failure exposed


JPMorgan's $100 million penalty

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a prominent global financial institution, was found to have inadequately monitored billions of client orders over a period spanning from 2014 to 2021. This finding was revealed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which pointed out significant lapses in the bank's trade surveillance mechanisms.


The failure involved a substantial number of transactions conducted across various trading platforms, exposing major deficiencies in JPMorgan Chase's ability to oversee its trading activities effectively.


On Thursday, the CFTC announced that JPMorgan Chase would pay a hefty $100 million fine to settle a prolonged investigation into the bank's trade monitoring failures. This fine is not the first penalty the bank has faced concerning this issue; it is in addition to previous fines imposed by other regulatory bodies, including the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). These fines were levied as part of the regulatory bodies' efforts to address similar deficiencies in JPMorgan Chase's monitoring systems.



In 2021, during the onboarding process for a new exchange, staff members at JPMorgan Chase uncovered significant gaps in their trade data surveillance. According to the CFTC, these gaps were substantial enough that billions of orders placed over a span of seven years were not properly monitored. This lack of adequate oversight affected trading activities across at least 30 different trading venues, highlighting a widespread issue within the bank's surveillance system that went undetected for an extended period.


When asked for a comment regarding these findings, a spokesperson for JPMorgan Chase referred to a previous statement made by the bank. The statement emphasized that the issue had been identified internally and that significant remedial actions had already been taken, with additional measures still in progress. The bank also assured that, based on their review of the previously unmonitored data, no employee misconduct or harm to clients or the market had been discovered. They further stated that they did not expect any disruption to client services as a result of resolving these surveillance issues.


According to the settlement order, JPMorgan Chase indicated that the gaps in their trade surveillance had been fully addressed by 2023. The bank admitted to some of the allegations made by the CFTC, demonstrating a level of accountability. As part of the settlement, in addition to paying the fine, JPMorgan agreed to engage an independent consultant. This consultant's role would be to thoroughly review the bank's trade surveillance practices and ensure that any remaining issues were identified and rectified.



Earlier in the year, specifically in March, JPMorgan Chase had agreed to pay over $300 million to settle related investigations conducted by the Federal Reserve and the OCC. These settlements were part of a broader effort to address the deficiencies in the bank's trade monitoring systems.


As a condition of the settlement with the OCC, JPMorgan Chase was required to obtain approval from the regulator before adding any new trading venues. This restriction was put in place to ensure that the bank's surveillance systems were robust enough to handle additional trading activities without repeating past oversights.


24.05.2024



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