BEFORE the presidential election, Wall Street dreaded Donald Trump as a dangerous, unpredictable and disruptive, if improbable, president. Since his victory, fear has turned to hope. Stockmarkets are at record highs and shares in financial institutions have been among the best performers. Mr Trump, it turns out, looks to big finance like good news.
Partly this reflects Mr Trump’s change of tack. He campaigned as the leader of a rustbelt revolt against the besuited, pampered elites. As president-elect, he seems less of an outsider. Among the rumoured names he has been mulling as his choice for treasury secretary are Jamie Dimon, boss of JPMorgan Chase, and Steven Mnuchin, a 17-year veteran of Goldman Sachs. Wall Street’s access to the corridors of power seems likely to be unimpaired.
But the euphoria mostly reflects the finance industry’s excitement at one of the more achievable of Mr Trump’s campaign promises: to cut red tape. In a YouTube video this week outlining his priorities, he announced a new rule: for every new regulation, two old ones must be eliminated. No industry in America feels as browbeaten by regulators as does…Continue reading