The head of the nation's largest bank, reeling after a week in which it disclosed a stunning $2 billion loss in one transaction, acknowledged Sunday that JPMorgan Chase had been stupid, sloppy and shown bad judgment. But Jamie Dimon, Morgan's chairman and chief executive officer, insisted the bank is sound and "is going to earn a lot of money this quarter."
Dimon, known as one of the more blunt and open executives on Wall Street, conceded he should not have dismissed questions about the losing trade as a "tempest in a teapot" when it first came up several weeks ago.
"I was dead wrong when I said that," he said in an interview with David Gregory on Friday that was aired on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. "I obviously didn't know or never would have said that."
He said it is now clear that "we made a terrible, egregious mistake. There is almost no excuse for it." He said the company ignored what he called an early "red flag." "We made a mistake. We got very defensive. And people started justifying everything we did."
A leading opponent of some aspects of the Dodd-Frank law and a foe of President Obama's effort to institute the Volcker Rule, which would regulate proprietary trading among banks, Dimon acknowledged that this loss gives ammunition to those backing tighter bank regulations.