JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office was given an edict to try to reduce risk-weighted assets, as part of a firm-wide initiative in the face of regulatory changes, and also to shift the synthetic credit portfolio to bee in keeping with the more...
Ellie K's insight:
The default of Kodak in January 2012 was an unexpected credit event that would certainly have effected JP Morgan's Chief Investment Office's decisions leading up to the "London Whale" in May 2012. Eastman Kodak was part of many credit default swap indices. Kodak's filing for bankruptcy on January 19th led to a variety of idiosyncratic risk exposures in JPM's synthetic credit portfolio.
* This is part of Alphaville's excellent "CSI: CIO Series" by Lisa Pollack.