JP Morgan backs out of toxic assets plan

Mail Tribune – The Treasury Department on Thursday defended the viability of its $1 trillion plan to get soured mortgage investments off of banks’ books after JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive said the company won’t participate in the program.

Some analysts said comments by JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon could spell trouble for Treasury’s program, which is aimed at what many view as the heart of the current financial crisis — toxic assets that are weighing on banks’ balance sheets and preventing them from resuming more normal lending to consumers and businesses.

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