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‘It’s going to get worse for banks’ — JPMorgan CEO on overregulation

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The CEO of JPMorgan Chase — which recently took over failed First Republic Bank — believes there could be more pain ahead for United States banks if the Federal Reserve goes into crisis mode with overregulation.

In a Bloomberg television interview on May 11, JPMorgan Chase Chair and CEO Jamie Dimon said he believes it’s “going to get worse for banks” unless the Federal Reserve takes proactive measures beyond simply creating more regulations.

Jamie Dimon speaking on Bloomberg Surveillance. Source: Bloomberg

In just the first few months of the year, three major U.S. banks collapsed — Signature Bank, Silicon Valley Bank and First Republic Bank.

Dimon said that it’s “a supervision problem,” with the bank CEOs and board members the “people to blame,” as supervisors usually focus on if they are abiding by regulations.

However, Dimon believes adding more regulations to the Federal Reserve’s already 200,000-page long stress test is not the solution to the current banking crisis.

He argued that more regulations make it harder for banks to conduct business, noting that “some of these community banks now have more compliance people than loan officers.”

Instead, he proposed taking a holistic approach when modifying regulations, saying:

“At one point, it’s making it harder for them to do business. There are already hundreds of rules in place.”

He further questioned the effectiveness of stress tests, as companies that completely focus on “that one stress test” could be overlooking issues, such as historical events that “always happen” again.

He believes that focusing solely on one stress test gives a “false sense of security.”

Dimon suggested that that the Federal Reserve never saw issues emerging in the banking industry, noting that “not one Fed governor forecasted” the banking crisis.

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This is not the first time a JPMorgan executive has expressed issues with banking regulations in recent times.

Bob Michele, the chief investment officer of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, stated in an April 27 Bloomberg television interview that First Republic Bank’s liquidity issues “should never have happened,” as banking is the “most heavily regulated capitalized industry on the planet.”

More recently, it was reported on May 1 that JPMorgan was set to acquire First Republic Bank’s (FRB) assets, after its previous efforts to rescue it failed.

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