JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took a long-term view on the U.S. economy and talked up the bank's competitive position in a wide-ranging interview with CNBC on Monday.
He suggested that his bank makes the world a better place.
"I think that JPMorgan makes it a better world," Dimon said Monday. "Every single day in 2,000 communities around the world, trying to do our job well, responsibly lending, opening branches, serving businesses."
Dimon also said he's seeing positive signs for the U.S. economy, and he sought to play down legislation brewing that could alter how large financial institutions do business on Wall Street.
At the same time, Dimon is sensitive to the economy's dependence on data. He said that if the next U.S. president implements the appropriate reform programs, that GDP could rise to 4 percent. And in his bullish outlook for the American economy, he highlighted increasing wages and consumer spending as evidence.
But banks still need a little help. Most bank shares are down in 2016, as central bankers have not lifted interest rates as much as market watchers suspected they would. Dimon said that "normalizing interest rates would be a good thing," but he declined to make any specific projections.