May 30, 2012
The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discusses topics around the investing world.
With the news furor around JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion-plus in trading losses, you'd think its second-quarter earnings would be dreadful. The losses will hurt (especially if they are double or triple that initial $2 billion figure), but don't bank on dreadful earnings. Reuters is reporting that JPMorgan has booked gains to the tune of $1 billion by selling profitable securities, tax consequences be darned. In the video, Anand explains how this is yet another perfectly legal trick up the sleeves of big banking.
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