As JPMorgan Chase Shutters WaMu
Branches, Regulators Missing, Commitments Gone
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner
City Press on Wall Street: News Analysis
January 23 -- JPMorgan
Chase is moving to closed down dozens of the Washington Mutual bank
the government allowed it to acquire last year with no public notice or
period. In Dallas, Chase has targeted 23 WaMu branches for closure, and
six in Fort Worth. In the Chicago area, Chase says it will shutter 57
locations. More branch closings will follow across the nation.
Community and consumers groups are belated
protesting the acquisition,
which was a one of a slew of
so-called emergency transactions on which no
Community Reinvestment Act comments were considered, including the
Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to bank holding company status,
America's now discredited acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
benefited from regulator-protected acquisitions not only of WaMu but,
that, of Bear Stearns. As first
reported by Inner City Press, Bronx-based Fair
Finance Watch submitted to the Federal Reserve Board comments on
transactions, but was told that emergency did not allow consideration
issues raised, including prospective branches closings.
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and branch closings not shown
JPMorgan Chase has now told groups who have asked if
it will continue
Washington Mutual's CRA programs and commitments that since there is no
Washington Mutual, there is no more commitment.
This comes in the wake of JPMorgan Chase's
Jaime Dimon reversing himself from a stated commitment to mortgages
brokers to abruptly shutting down Chase's wholesale mortgage unit.
are told this will give Chase more control over the terms of loans,
out that Chase ultimately had control in the wholesale business, too. Commitments are made to be broken,
apparently, particularly those by companies the federal regulators
or merged out of existence. What, the question grows, is Timothy
position on this Main Street issue?
Update: later on January
23, community groups were told that JPMorgan Chase plans to close over
40 WaMu branches in New York State...
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