JPMorgan’s 4th-Quarter Profit Weathers $2.4 Billion Charge Tied to Tax Bill

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A Chase bank branch in Brooklyn. JPMorgan Chase on Friday reported a profitable fourth quarter, but said revenue from its trading business had slipped.

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JPMorgan Chase announced fourth-quarter earnings on Friday that beat analysts’ estimates and kept the financial services company profitable despite a $2.4 billion charge related to the recently approved tax bill.

But revenue from the banking giant’s trading business fell, signaling Wall Street’s overall sluggishness in the midst of tighter regulations and placid global markets.

JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, which also reported earnings on Friday, were the first of the biggest banks in the United States to detail how the changes to the tax code are affecting them. The law lowered the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, but also forced companies holding cash overseas to repatriate it and take one-time charges for doing so.

Although several companies have warned publicly that those charges would be in the billions of dollars, most stand to gain significantly in the long run from the tax bill.

JPMorgan said it earned $4.2 billion in the quarter after accounting for the tax charge, compared with $6.7 billion in the same period a year earlier; full-year net income was $24.4 billion, compared with $24.7 billion in 2016. The one-time charge was slightly higher than the company’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, estimated last month that it would be.

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2018-01-12 14:02:50 – Source: nytimes.com