April 06, 2016

Jamie Dimon should consider the long-term interest of his and of JPMorgan’s shareholders’ children and grandchildren

Sir, Ben McLannahan reports on Jamie Dimon’s letter to JPMorgan’s shareholders’. “JPMorgan chief Dimon warns on dangers of undermining US banks” April 7.

In his letter Dimon argues that tougher rules can weaken the competitiveness of US banks, for instance against the Chinese banks. That’s true! Especially in the short-term.

And McLannahan reminds us that “In 2014 Dimon argued that tougher rules would mean that customers faced more expensive credit, or would be denied certain financial products altogether.” That is also true!

But Dimon must also be perfectly aware that current bank capital requirement rules, for when lending to those ex ante perceived as “risky”, are much tougher than those for exposures to the “safe”.

And I refuse to think that Dimon does not know that distorting the access to bank credit in favor of the “safe” government and the AAArisktocracy, against that of the “risky” SMEs and entrepreneurs, only guarantees to sooner or later weaken tremendously the real economy of US. 

And I also refuse to think that Dimon does not know that no US bank should expect to be able to stand solid amid the rubbles of a ruined US economy… not even JPMorgan.

Dimon states: “The US financial services industry does not conform to simple narratives. It is a complex ecosystem that depends on diverse business models coexisting because there is no other way to effectively serve America’s vast array of customers and clients.”

And surely Dimon knows perfectly well, that a complex ecosystem is not made better by regulators who, with much hubris and little wisdom, believe they can help it with their distorting concoctions.

And so Jamie Dimon, instead of writing a letter to JPMorgan’s shareholders considering their short-term interest, should write them a letter that considers the long-term interests of theirs and his own children and grandchildren.

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for” John Augustus Shedd 1850-1926 

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