Dimon complained about ‘‘huge misinformation’’ about the risks posed by banks and that regulators were casting their net too wide, with too many agencies involved.
‘‘We’re trying to do too much too fast,’’ he said. ‘‘Everyone thinks it was one thing that sank the system.’’
One skeptic of capital requirements is Edward J. Kane, a professor of finance at Boston College. He believes that big banks would likely find a way to circumvent them, as they did before the crisis by moving risk to off-balance sheet entities, for example — and still had the power to shape regulation in their interests.
‘‘We were told before the crisis that capital requirements on banks would be the medicine that would prevent us from having crises, but they failed,’’ he told The Associated Press.
A better way to discourage excessive risk-taking, Kane proposes, would be to charge banks a simple premium that reflects what the taxpayer would have to pay in case the bank needs to be bailed out.
‘‘There will always be financial crises,’’ he said. ‘‘Regulators are always outgunned, outcoached and playing from behind. What we can try to do is control the incentives and make the crises less deep.’’
Christina Rexrode in New York contributed to this article.