Dimon Sells Significant Amount of JPMorgan Shares

In an unprecedented move, JPMorgan Chase's Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, has liquidated a significant portion of his holdings in the bank, marking his first sale of JPMorgan shares. Dimon executed the sale of 683,038 shares, amassing $125 million, at an average price of $182.73 per share. This transaction was conducted through trusts under his control.

Similarly, Judith Kent, Dimon's spouse, sold 138,740 shares, netting $25.3 million at the same average price. These sales were facilitated by a pre-arranged Rule 10b5-1(c) plan, revealed at the end of November, designed to execute trades automatically upon meeting specified conditions such as share price and volume, thereby mitigating insider bias stemming from access to confidential information.

While JPMorgan has not commented on these transactions, filings from November indicate that the purpose behind these sales was to achieve financial diversification and to engage in tax planning. Despite these substantial sales, Dimon retains ownership of 311,861 shares directly, in addition to 8,707 shares in a 401(k) plan and 152,940 shares through a limited liability company. Post-sale, the trusts continue to hold 6.6 million JPMorgan shares, with Kent possessing 595,316 shares.

The timing of these sales coincides with JPMorgan's stock reaching an all-time high of $183.42 during Thursday's trading session, reflecting a year-to-date increase of 7.6%. According to filings, Dimon's plan to sell up to 1 million shares remains in effect until August 23, underscoring a strategic approach to asset management and portfolio diversification.


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