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Barney Frank’s statement on J.P. Morgan’s $2 billion loss:

This regrettable news from JPMorgan Chase obviously goes counter to the bank’s narrative blaming excessive regulation for the woes of financial institutions. Interestingly, in the Economist’s long attack on the financial reform bill, one of their leading examples of the harm the bill is doing was JPMorgan Chase’s assertion that complying with the new rules will cost $400 to $600 million at the outset (a number which will obviously go down as compliance processes are set in place). In other words, JP Morgan Chase, entirely without any help from the government has lost, in this one set of transactions, five times the amount they claim financial regulation is costing them.

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