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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

JP Morgan Chase on the NY Fed's Board

The New York Fed allows private bankers to sit on its board, even while it crafts bank policy and puts together financial industry bailouts. "There's a conflict of interest here. You serve two masters. You can't draw this extraordinary salary from JPMorgan Chase and, at the same time, say, 'Oh, I'm out here acting in the public interest.' You can't do both." So said Elizabeth Warren, who came up with the idea that became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act of 2010. Referring to Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan who presided over a $2 billion trading loss, she added, "He says he wants to take responsibility. Then show some responsibility. Show you get it. Putting Wall Street bankers on the Federal Reserve Board is like finding the guys who torched the entire town and putting them on the fire advisory board. It makes no sense." 

The full essay is at "JPMorgan: An Unethical Monstrosity?"