By Dimitris N. Chorafas (auth.)
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6 JP Morgan Chase: exposure to derivatives versus equity capital and assets * Core derivatives losses in case of major crisis or panic. 44 Corporate Governance and its Responsibilities led to the current Bank of America, which has quietly worked its way into second place in the derivatives heavyweights. 5 trillion at year-end 2002. Even before the acquisition of FleetBoston in October 2003, which added to the institution’s derivatives portfolio, Bank of America had $248 in derivatives for every dollar of equity capital, compared to $116 at Citigroup and $682 at Morgan Chase.
A case in point is foreign direct investment (FDI), which brings the recipient of capital inflow useful technical and managerial knowledge. In turn, this calls for a major contribution of time and effort on the investor’s side. There is also moral hazard, which becomes acute if the borrower of bank money, or the receiver of FDI, expects to lose the value of his investment anyway. When this happens, the beneficiary has nothing further to fear by taking a much bigger risk in the hope of turning his fortunes around.
This poses a huge dilemma to top management which, in extremis, can be phrased in these terms: • Will the company cut the price and risk bankruptcy? or • Will it stick to risk-based pricing and lose business? The answer will most likely fall between these two extremes: there will be a deviation from risk-based pricing but not to the level of risking bankruptcy. This is precisely what has happened to NatWest Markets (and a horde of other cases) where pricing of options was based on an overoptimistic estimate that future volatility will be low, with the result that in March 1997 NatWest Markets lost £300 million ($490 million).
Corporate Accountability: With Case Studies in Pension Funds and in the Banking Industry by Dimitris N. Chorafas (auth.)