Bloomberg, JPMorgan Trader Iksil Fuels Prop-Trading Debate With Bets, here. London Whale needs some P from Series 9 Investment Grade CDX. Can Bloomberg and some prominent officials help fix the situation?
Zerohedge, From Bruno Iksil’s Personal Profile: Enjoys “Walking Over Water” And Being “Humble”, here. Oh, so the London Whale is shorting tranches of series 9 CDX in $100bn quantities.That starts to make sense given all the hysteria. So they make the purchases at the corporate-level to hedge SCDO exposure that is not actively traded by the desk. Maybe Bruno is the one who needs the the Maxeler FPGA Supercomputer Credit batch at JPM (see Credit Derivatives, Flynn’s Architectural Case for Maxeler in 2012?, and Street FP Due Diligence 3: Epic Yet?) to run in 238 seconds. How do you tag that? London Whale needs Mammoth Supercomputer to Stay Afloat? Too much, right? I still suspect that the entire JPM credit batch (as described) completes in less than a minute on a low-end Mac Pro even with the Gaussian Copula positions. Sort of more like “Bruno uses iPhone to Track Purchases.” (see Business Insider, Financial Post, Wall Street Journal blog, Sober Look, New York Times Dealbook, Financial Times Alphaville, blogrunner)
Zerohedge, 31 Dec 2011 Notional Amt. of Derivative Contracts Top 25 Comm. Banks, here. Didn’t MS carry derivative inventory in the past?