Bank Spank!

Markets reversed lower today after ProPublica broke a potentially big story about JPMorgan‘s Goldman-esque activities in the CDO business with a certain infamous hedge fund called Magnetar

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether JPMorgan Chase allowed a hedge fund to improperly select assets for a $1.1 billion deal backed by subprime mortgages, according to people familiar with the probe.

Called “Squared” and completed in May 2007, the deal was a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO, made up of pieces of other CDOs. The hedge fund, Magnetar Capital, based in Evanston, Ill., purchased the riskiest slice of Squared as part of a strategy to bet against the mortgage market.

Jesse Eisinger absolutely owns this story, he started chronicling Magnetar earlier this year.

Anyway, take a look at JPM intraday:

Was this news really what sunk stocks today or was it just an excuse to sell ahead of the mid-terms tomorrow?  Too soon to tell.  Head over to ProPublica and get yourself up-to-speed.


SEC Investigating Deal Between JPMorgan and Hedge Fund Magnetar (ProPublica)

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