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JPMorgan Derivatives' $5 Billion Windfall

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March 3 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. managed to generate $5 billion in profit during the worst year in Wall Street history by trading over-the-counter fixed-income derivatives, two people with knowledge of the results said.

The largest U.S. bank by market value, which reported $5.6 billion of total profit in 2008, hasn't disclosed earnings for its interest-rate swap, municipal bond and foreign exchange derivatives group. The unit was among the most profitable at the New York-based company, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren't authorized to divulge the figures. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau declined to comment.

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