Wall Street CEO's Bizarre Idea About Why the Recovery Has Stalled: Banks Are Too Regulated?
According to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, the recovery has stalled because of strict banking regulation.
Iâ€™m not making this up.
At a financial conference today, Dimon told Fed chief Ben Bernanke thereâ€™s no longer any reason to crack down on Wall Street. â€œMost of the bad actors are gone,â€ he said. â€œ[O]ff-balance-sheet businesses are virtually obliterated, â€¦ money market funds are far more transparentâ€ and â€œmost very exotic derivatives are gone.â€
Dimon said he worried that financial reform legislation is â€œholding us back at this pointâ€ from a stronger economy.
Someone should remind Dimon that a few years ago, before any stricter regulation or oversight went into effect, he and his colleagues on the Street almost eviscerated the American economy. Remember, Jamie? The Streetâ€™s antics required a giant taxpayer-funded bailout.
JPMorgan Chase and the other giant banks on Wall Street are bigger than they were before. And now theyâ€™re certain theyâ€™re too big to fail. Without far stricter regulation they have every incentive to repeat their binge.
Dimon believes most of the bad actors are gone. To the contrary, none of the truly bad actors has been prosecuted. In fact, most are making more money than ever before.
Off budget businesses obliterated? Funds more transparent? Exotic derivatives gone? Dimon still doesnâ€™t get it. The only reason thereâ€™s been any progress at all to date is because rules have been tightened and regulators are more vigilant. But at this very moment the banks â€” including JPMorgan Chase â€” are lobbying heavily to relax the rules so they can return to their old ways.
The recovery has stalled because most Americans are still in the gravitational pull of the recession â€” unable and unwilling to buy enough to keep the economy going. And thatâ€™s largely because the terrible consequences of what Dimon et al did to the economy are still being felt by most Americans.
On what planet has Jamie Dimon been living?