On Sept. 10, 2008, U.S. Bancorp accessed the Federal Reserve's discount window for $3.4 billion of overnight funding. On Jan. 6, 2009, JPMorgan Chase & Co. borrowed $3.5 billion from the same facility.

If these revelations ever would have been destabilizing to either company, they aren't now. But the two banks' reactions to the information's release shows a disagreement over how future dealings with the Fed will be interpreted.

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