Jamie Dimon’s take on Capital One’s $35.3 billion Discover deal: Let them compete.

February 26, 2024
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  • Jamie Dimon is not worried about competition from Capital One’s takeover of Discover Financial.
  • Dimon acknowledges that the deal could eclipse JPMorgan Chase as the nation’s biggest credit card lender.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is unfazed by the potential added competition from Capital One’s $35.3 billion acquisition of Discover Financial. Dimon stated that if regulators approve the deal, his bank will be overtaken as the nation’s largest credit card lender, but he believes in letting them compete and will voice concerns if necessary. Dimon expressed admiration for Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank and his ability to shake up the industry. He also noted that the deal could transform the credit card industry and create a true alternative to dominant card networks like Visa and Mastercard.

The transaction has raised questions about potential unfair advantages in debit payments due to the Durbin Amendment, which caps debit fees for large banks but not Discover or American Express. Dimon also supported allowing small banks to merge and expressed uncertainty about whether regulators will approve the Capital One-Discover deal. Several lawmakers have urged regulatory bodies to block the agreement to protect consumers and financial stability.

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