Today Goldman Sachs reported net earnings of $1.93 billion in the second quarter. Back on Friday, J.P. Morgan said its earnings soared 31 percent to $6.5 billion and Wells Fargo reported a 19 percent increase in earnings
And good for them. The only thing worse than giant banks posting giant profits is giant banks posting giant losses and provoking a system-wide panic. But this tells you a lot about how seriously you should take the past year and a half’s worth of nonstop whining about overweening Dodd-Frank regulations—i.e., not seriously at all. It also tells you a lot about how seriously you should take bank whining about the idea of tougher capital requirements. It’s true that if you ordered Goldman Sachs to drastically reduce its leverage overnight you’d have some serious disruptions. But banks that are earning billions in quarterly profits can raise additional capital in a gradual manner quite easily—just use the profits rather than kicking the money out to shareholders and executives.