Chase Reports 25% Drop in Retail Originations


JPMorgan Chase reported a third-quarter drop in mortgage originations and mortgage banking income as the giant bank trimmed its origination capacity.

Third-quarter originations fell to $40.5 billion, down 17% from the second quarter, and mortgage banking income fell 38% to $705 million in the third quarter.

Chase executives expected the mortgage sector would be a drag on earnings and they strained to highlight bright spots during a conference call Friday morning.

Chase chief financial officer Marianne Lake pointed out that purchase mortgage originations rose 57% from 2Q to $20 billion in 3Q.

And Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon pointed out that losses on mortgage servicing are improving steadily as delinquencies continue to decline.

The giant bank took a $406 million loss on mortgage servicing in 3Q compared to reporting $133 million in income for the 2Q.

Chases retail channel reported $17.7 billion in originations for 3Q, down from $23.3 billion the prior quarter. Its correspondent channel fared better with $22.8 billion in originations, down from $25.6 billion in 2Q.

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