Thune cautions against more bank regulations after JPMorgan losses

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican conference and a lead critic of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, warned Sunday against jumping to the conclusion that the $2 billion loss JPMorgan Chase incurred on a risky bet means regulations need to be tighter.

“We need to make sure we get all facts before jumping to conclusions about the need for greater financial regulation,” he said on Fox News Sunday. 


Supporters of the Dodd-Frank law have come out since JPMorgan announced the losses to argue that it shows the need to tightly limit the ability of banks whose deposits are insured by the federal government to trade using their own accounts. The Dodd-Frank law was designed, they argue, to make sure taxpayers are no longer on the hook to bailout “too big to fail” institutions like JPMorgan, which alone make up 15 percent of the U.S. economy.

Thune said that he voted against the Dodd-Frank financial law primarily because of its impacts on community banks across South Dakota. He suggested that for federally insured depositories like JPMorgan, regulation on proprietary trading may be needed but a proper balance must be struck.

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“It is important that we make sure we have got some good safeguards in place but in a way that doesn't impair their ability to mitigate risk and to protect themselves and their balance sheets as well,” he said. 

Thune said regulators need to finish fleshing out the Dodd-Frank law before additional regulations are contemplated.

Thune's views contrasted with those of Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinData shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Bottom line Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats MORE (D-Calif.), who on the same program called the JPMorgan losses “a real danger signal.”

“There are no rules of the road...the bill provides for it but it hasn't taken place,” she said. 

JPMorgan chairman Jamie Dimon has been a leading critic of the Dodd-Frank law's Volcker rule which could ban trades such as the credit derivative hedge now being blamed for the huge losses his bank is booking.

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