Jamie Dimon: Good banker? Bad banker?

February 4, 2011

The U.S. mortgage business is a “mess” in need of overhaul, JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon reckons.

(See our special report on Dimon today: “Jamie Dimon wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T”)

Of course, his own bank is the third-largest U.S. mortgage lender. And JPMorgan is sitting on billions in not just prime mortgages, but risky home-equity loans too.

But Dimon has made a career out of being the one Wall Street banker who likes to stand up, stick up for his views and tell it as he sees it. He can talk in a way that resonates with the mood of the country. He can cross the divide between Wall Street and Washington D.C. And while his peers might talk about doing God’s work, Dimon will admit making mistakes.

The thing is, when you scratch the surface at JPMorgan, the bank doesn’t seem so different from its peers, with large consumer loan exposure and sometimes questionable business decisions. So what do you think? Does Dimon deserve your R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Find the special report by Elinor Comlay and Matthew Goldstein in multimedia PDF format here.

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Riddle me this, Batman: How can there be so many copies of the Greek Classics now in circulation, and so shallow a grasp of the concept of hubris?

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