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Occupy the SEC has some questions for Jamie Dimon.

Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the bank that lost $2 billion and counting last month due to a bad trade, is testifying in front of the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday to explain the huge loss. Dimon is expected to describe the loss as nothing more than an “isolated event,”according to his prepared remarks. In the wake of the loss though, regulators and critics have said it raises questions about the huge bank’s ability to manage itself — and whether regulators are adequately monitoring JPMorgan and other large banks like it.

Among those critics is Occupy the SEC, a group affiliated with the Occupy movement that aims to strengthen financial regulation. The organization compiled a seven-page letter in advance of Dimon’s testimony with the purpose airing their complaints about Dimon and the JPMorgan loss, as well as providing lawmakers with a list of questions to ask the banking chief.

“This embarrassing episode for JPM highlights the extent to which major banks will engage in risky proprietary trading and try to disguise it as risk management,”Occupy the SEC wrote in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee before Dimon’s prepared remarks were released (h/t Naked Capitalism).

Occupy the SEC sees one way to prevent another JPMorgan-style loss: Strengthening the Volcker Rule. The provision, which is part of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, aims to curb banks’ ability to make risky trades with their own money. After the announcement of the loss by Dimon, himself a strong critic of the rule, some said it could have been prevented by the measure he so staunchly opposed.

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