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JPMorgan CEO Says Execs May Have Pay Taken Back

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told Congress on Wednesday that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.

"It's likely that there will be clawbacks," Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee.

Under bank policy, Dimon said, stock and bonuses can be recovered from executives, even for exercising bad judgment. The policy has never been invoked, he said.

The start of the hearing was delayed by demonstrators in the room who shouted about stopping foreclosures. Another demonstrator shouted, "Jamie Dimon's a crook." At least a dozen people were escorted from the hearing room.

Dimon appeared serene during the outbursts, which lasted several minutes. At another point before the questioning began, he gave a broad smile.

Dimon contended that the trading loss, disclosed May 10 in a surprise conference call with reporters and banking analysts, were meant to hedge risk to the company and to protect in case "things got really bad."

The trading loss has heightened concerns that the biggest banks still pose risks to the U.S. financial system, less than four years after the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

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Jamie Dimon is a greedy, amoral capitalist -- as is Lloyd Blankfein, Jon Corzine, James Gorman, etc. But it is up to us to make them criminals. Society has a right and a responsibility to criminalize behavior that hurts the common good and destroys the social fabric. Reinstate Glass-Steagall, and bring it up into the 21st century. It should be illegal to gamble with taxpayer backing.

Jun. 13 2012 12:40 PM

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