The front of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in Manhattan...

The front of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in Manhattan on Nov. 19, 2013. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

JPMorgan Chase says the U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into its foreign exchange business.

The announcement by the nation's largest bank follows a similar disclosure Thursday by Citigroup. Banks in the United States and abroad are facing allegations that they manipulated foreign-exchange rates. Besides the Justice Department, JPMorgan says civil enforcement authorities and foreign regulators are also investigating its foreign exchange business.

The New York bank said late Monday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it had boosted the amount of money set aside for legal expenses. It now has $5.9 billion in reserve, up from the $4.6 billion it reported in August.

Since the financial crises, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has paid billions in penalties  related to mortgages and huge investor losses.

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